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Bantam rooster normal hens

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickenSal, May 13, 2009.

  1. ChickenSal

    ChickenSal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to try my hand at incubating some eggs and a co-worker has some chickens (Australorps I think) and a bantam rooster. He doesn't think the eggs are fertile because the rooster is so much smaller than the hens but I thought it might be fun to give it a try. This will be my very first attempt to hatch chicken eggs, so free eggs to try it out on sounds good. Do you think there is a chance that they could be fertile? If I successfully hatch some babies will they most likely be bantams, normal size, or somewhere in between?
    Thanks for any in put![​IMG]
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    This thread shows what a fertile egg looks like when you crack it. If one is fertile, the others could be.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16008

    Many bantam roosters successfully mate with full sized hens. It is possible.

    I have not hatched bantam/full-sized crosses, and I do not know which, if any, is dominant. I hope someone else who actually knows will chime in. Just for curiosity's sake, I'd like to learn.
     
  3. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
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    Yep I have a few standard hens and 2 banty roosters (I do not own any standard roos yet) and I just recently had an egg from them hatch (it didnt make it [​IMG] but it hatched [​IMG])
     
  4. jakmallex

    jakmallex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's definitely possible. I have a chicken that had a full size Australorp mother and a bantam black frizzle father. The chicken I have is bantam size, her sister was a lot bigger than her, but not quite standard (but not quite bantam either). She hatched chicks last year, some where very small bantams like her, others were the mid-size not quite standard or bantam size. She was bred to a bantam rooster.
     
  5. cristy17

    cristy17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Trust me -- where there's a will, there's a way. My banty roos will mount any one of my standards hens. I would love to hatch out some eggs just to see what they would look like.
     

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