Bantams and Standard Together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ekofke201, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. ekofke201

    ekofke201 Chirping

    Dec 27, 2011
    Southern PA
    I am in the beginning stages of chicken research... I like that the larger birds lay large eggs. But I ALSO like the look of some of the smaller birds. For fun! Can I have both at the same time? Could they live together? Or will the smaller birds get bullied?

  2. happytraylz

    happytraylz Chirping

    May 25, 2011
    Southern Maine
    Hi there, I too have a mix of bantam and lf. Mine get along great for the mostpart, as they were raised together as chicks. I know if you introduce them as chicks its easier than as adults, just be sure you have enough space for everyone to be able to spread out. . Sometimes its actually the lil bantams that can be mean. Have fun!
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Raised together you should have no problems at all. Not raised together but slowly introduced, you still should not have problems.

    I have (or had) LF brahmas, standard sized birds and silkies all together without a bit of trouble. The silkies were raised with the standards. The standards and silkies were slowly introduced to the older brahmas.
  4. maggiec1951

    maggiec1951 In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2011
    west central florida
    When my husband got my girls for me - a birthday present - he thought they were all standards. The odd one was about 6 weeks older than the others and therefore the largest. Low and behold the other 4 waaaay outgrew the eldest since she turned out to be a bantam but she is still definitely the boss! Occasionally she gets stepped on, squished or whatever because she is the smallest but she takes it in stride and keeps on going.

  5. AAJ

    AAJ Chirping

    Oct 21, 2011
    They should be okay, but they might get bullied a little. Go with your heart. Keep an eye on them.
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My flock consists of little, medium, big and massive chickens of all different breeds. The bantams are quick and can fly, so they really don't get stepped on all that much.

    I like the diversity. The offspring of some of the more unusual pairings are also delightful, if you don't mind having mutt chickens, as some folks call 'em.

    Go for it! You'll have an interesting and colorful flock, like mine! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2011
  7. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Free Ranging 7 Years

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I also love the size and color variety in birds (and eggs). Here are my little tiny bantam Ams with much larger Welsummer, Delaware and Speckled Sussex hens


  8. jtbrown

    jtbrown Songster

    Mar 30, 2011
    Southeastern Ohio
    1muttsfan -- love the pic. Two of my bantums were perched on my brahma girls tonight whe I went to do head count and collect eggs. I haven't had an issue with problems between my bantums and large fowl either. They were raised as chicks together and then introduced to my EE group. Before we got rid of our cockerals they were fine too. The bantums are fast! They don't get into immediate fray for snacks though, so I usually save some and throw to them as the big girls have their head down and skirts up in the air on the leftovers we throw them!
  9. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chirping

    Sep 6, 2011
    I have been very lucky I guess. I purchased a group of 3 chickens from a man and one was a banty. I gave them no introduction period, When I bouth them we put them in a feed sack, and brought them home. I got them to my other (9 at the time) chickens and dumped them out. naturally they established the pecking order and roosting order, but other than that no problems. i still only have the one banty. She does get bullied a little bit though. But I dont know if it is her being bullied or getting what she deserves, She is an aunrey little stinker. she will peck at ones foot to get her to chase her so she can sneek into their spot at the feeder to get a few bites of food before she is ran off again. even though i have plenty of room for all the birds to eat at one time. It has been said they need about 4 inches per bird at a feeder. Mine have about inches a piece. So I think it is just pay back sometimes. lol

  10. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    I agree that your best approach is to raise them together if you are trying for a mixed sized flock. I personally have tried to introduce bantams into my current standard sized flock, and after 4 months of trying, I gave up.

    It just seemed like I was performing animal cruelty by trying to get the two groups to get along, when they clearly weren't. Plus my bantams started to get wounds from the bigger girls. Even after you've been careful in the extreme, and followed all the proper steps for introduction.... sometimes it just won't work.

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