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Bantams

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by poultry bro, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. poultry bro

    poultry bro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi guys I have a question I am sure a lot of people have why do most hatcheries sell unsexed chicks it seems I cant get sexed females from most hatcheries.
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Dark Sider Premium Member

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    It's because bantams are so tiny that they are really hard to sex, and because of their small size, it is more dangerous for them when they are sexed too. Mypetchicken sells them sexed, and they do have a 90% accuracy guarantee, but from what I've heard since it's so hard to do they really aren't 90% accurate with the bantams and they'll just refund you when you end up with roosters.
     
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome! My first chickens were bantams from a neighbor, and over twenty years later, I still have descendents of the first flock. Love them! You will probably have to order straight run and deal with the extra cockrels, unless a breeder turns up with chicks of your preferred breed. Mary
     
  4. poultry bro

    poultry bro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info guys I have 50 chickens and about 10 of them are bantams and of those bantams 3 of them are roosters they are 3 of my 8 roosters so I would like to add some more bantams or I will just stick to sexlinked birds which is probably better just to be 100% sure of their sex.
     
  5. rannug

    rannug Out Of The Brooder

    I bought 16 banties from M&M, and another six locally. There are about 14 still around. Three of them are hens, and one oversized bantam. She began as a bantam and grew into a full sized chicken. Lays great eggs too. One other bantie is laying occassionally. That's it. Out of six silkies, two are hens, and not laying. Three blue palm turkeys, one of which is a Tom, and three guineas, 2 M 1F. They all free range except for the silkies, which have a large fenced in area, so I guess they are limited free range.

    I got all for primarily pets, with the hope of a few eggs. And a few eggs are all I get. I am somewhat disappointed there are so few hens, but that is what it is. Anyone want some roos? lol

    They are feeding down by the creek now. Most of the time they are in the yard, but they do visit the woods. They put themselves in the coop every night, and the oversized hen is always the first one out in the a.m. They have feed in the coop, and get scratch every morning. I have a cement block with a 40 watt bulb, and so far it has kept the water from freezing. If it is really cold out I give them sunflower seeds here at the house.

    I really enjoy all these birds and I am not too disappointed with all the roos, but does anyone want any? [​IMG]
     
  6. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Folks are always listing roosters on Craigslist.
     
  7. poultry bro

    poultry bro Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rainbowrooster is right but if you care your rooster may get a bad home it may be easier to just slaughter them and save them the chance of abuse or look for a good home I had 83 chickens this year and more than 30 where roosters and now most of them are in the freezer.
     

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