Banties with LF?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by BigMommaZ, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. BigMommaZ

    BigMommaZ Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    I've seen similar posts about merging flocks but does it matter with size?

    I have 10 large fowl and 3 bantams (1 silkie and2 frizzles). They have lived side by side in the coop and run partitioned by chicken wire for almost 2 years. We recently moved and I was able to recreate the separation of coop and run within the same space in an existing shed. Since we moved in the winter with no chance to build suitable quarters it is small. My hubby is letting me take over an unused pole barn that I plan to turn into a proper coop. I plan to use a portion of two of the bays and the dimensions will be 19x10 for the coop with additional storage and while I haven’t decided the footprint for the run it will be considerable. Rather than split this into two coops…I was wondering if I got more chickens this go around, because it’s spring and well…you know, chicken math, …let’s say maybe 7 or so depending on cuteness…. Do you think I would have any problem putting the new ones in along with the bantams together with the existing 10 or will there be issue with the little girls? Yes, I know I would have to let the new arrivals feather out first but when they are ready I was wondering if I could slip the banties in with the newbies.

    Your thoughts are appreciated.
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    I would keep two separate flocks, large breeds can seriously hurt bantams, especially those two breeds. I wouldn't try to combine them.
  3. mg15

    mg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2012
    I agree wholeheartedly
  4. BigMommaZ

    BigMommaZ Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2016
    Oh, sad to hear. Maybe I will build a small space in the new big coop for the banties to be and when they pass on of older age I will use it as a grow out/quarantine space. Either that or split the coop and add more banties since it seems a shame to have only 3 in a coop.

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