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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Skeeter10, Oct 30, 2015.
will a banty breed a standard or standard breed a banty
They will try and often succeed. To go to an extreme, a tiny Serama with a Jersey Giant will probably not be successful, no matter which one is the rooster. The closer in size the better your chances. The rooster has to be able to line up and hit the target. He has to grab the back of the hen’s head since that is her signal to raise her tail out of the way and expose the target. Most bantams with most standards don’t have a problem with that, but some can’t grab the head and still stretch to reach the target.
There is another issue that is not as bad as many people imagine, but with a big rooster and a small hen, the hen has to be able to support the rooster’s weight. When they mate the hen squats. That puts her body on the ground so the rooster’s weight is going into the ground through the hen’s body, not through her legs. That way a small hen can support a pretty large rooster, but there are limits. Again, with most bantams and most standards it’s not a problem, but the more size difference the greater the risk.