Bantam Roosters With BR and RIR hens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by captainroo2, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. captainroo2

    captainroo2 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 6, 2011
    I was given 2 bantam roosters and 2 bantam hens; can I put them in with my BR and RIR hens. I do not have a rooster other that these two bantam roosters; will they fertilize the larger hens is my concern?
  2. jtbrown

    jtbrown Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    My bantum boys did try to mate the hens, all of them including the bantums, BRAHMAS, and production reds. Sometimes it looked like they were successful. Don't count them out just because they are small, they do not see it that way. Hope this helps.
  3. captainroo2

    captainroo2 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 6, 2011
    Thanks - I think I will seperate them ASAP. [​IMG]
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    May I ask why you're worried about fertilized eggs? They're fine to eat. Personally, I think it's funny watching a little roo try to cover one of the big girls!
  5. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    My little bantam rooster LOVES his big hens. I have no idea if he actually fertilizes them. I've never seen him in the act. But I collect the eggs daily to eat.

  6. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    My banti roo (Caspian) was the best roo ever to my standard girls. He would love them, protect them, bring them yummy things to eat, and they loved him right back! I had to rehome him though...he got agressive towards people when my mom and dad came home from over seas...the last straw was when he drew blood on my mother.


    Can you see him? He is in the food bowl between my EEs [​IMG]

    I had other young roos at that time, and when they started feeling their oats, and trying to mate with the big girls, Caspian would chase them off and put them in their biggest girl, and EE named Waffle, would ONLY mate with Caspian, and NO one else. Any others, she mercilessly flogged, and chased them off. I think the banties will do just fine with your standard girls.
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011

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