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Bantams and full size together?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pheonix, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Pheonix

    Pheonix In the Brooder

    Sep 11, 2010
    San Jose, Ca
    I'm interested in getting a bunch of eggs and really like the Americanas and BR, but my wife wants a couple Silkies too. Will bantam Silkies be ok with BR and Americanas? All hens as I can't have Roos.

  2. greenfingers

    greenfingers Songster

    Mar 27, 2009
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I have large fowl and also a little flock of Gold-laced Cochins, with a roo of the same. They are all together and get along great. The roo does try to mount the full-size hens, but without much success! But he doesn't hurt anyone so I am not worrying about it. [​IMG]
  3. ive got chicken fever

    ive got chicken fever In the Brooder

    Aug 13, 2010
    Columbia, SC
    I have bantam silkies, OEG, and cochins together with marans and brahmas and it works just fine for us! Actually, the silkies are at the top of the pekin order. [​IMG]
  4. Luvs chickens

    Luvs chickens Songster

    Sep 28, 2009
    I have LF and bantams together and they get along fine. [​IMG]
  5. patricium

    patricium Chirping

    Jun 28, 2009
    Western New York
    Another data point on the "Fine" side. I have 3 full-size Red Star hens, 4 bantam Brahma hens, and an accidental bantam BR rooster. They were all raised together from day-old, and get along just fine. Three of the brahmas, including the tiniest one, are higher in the pecking order than the reds. The other brahma is pecked by the reds, but pecks the other three brahmas (circular pecking order, go figure...) The rooster favors the reds, but takes care of all. He likes to pretend he's in charge while he's trying to keep up with them on their adventures around the yard.

    You might have problem introducing bantams to an existing flock of full-sized birds, but I think if they grow up together, they're not really conscious of the size difference.
  6. huckleberryfarm

    huckleberryfarm Chickenista

    Jan 7, 2010
    Greenwood, SC
    I have about 90 chickens all together. My main rooster is a LF Cochin. He's big but pretty gentle. He seems to leave the little ones alone. I have everything from itty bitty silkies up to FCM and Ameraucanas together. So far, so good! The little hens just stay out of the big one's way (a few anyway who like to be the boss). I haven't had any problems.

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