Big Roo, Bantam hen

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by flour-girl, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. flour-girl

    flour-girl New Egg

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    I don't know what types of chickens I have, except that they're all bantam, except for Godzilla, a BIG non-bantam. By trying to mate with a bantam hen, can he hurt her?
     
  2. Nugget

    Nugget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes.
    My poor bantam game hen was sliced across both sides of her neck by the standard rooster as he tried to grip her while mating. We have no roosters anymore. I would be pretty cautious, he could injure or kill a little bantam hen.
     
  3. Southerngirl

    Southerngirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had standard roos break some of my bantie hens necks by trying to mate with them. They don't mean to hurt them but it just happens.
     
  4. flour-girl

    flour-girl New Egg

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    Just a note to Nugget and Southerngirl....thanks for the information. I truly appreciate your responses.

    I don't know how I could have become so attached to these chickens! I'm madly in love, as is my husband.

    I used to say that if we have a problem with too many roosters, I'd be willing to make stock out of them, but could never actually EAT them. Now, I just don't know if I can sentence a roo to death just because he's behaving naturally....I'm torn!

    Kind regards,
     
  5. Jster

    Jster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, surely the solution is obvious! You need some standard sized hens and two separate pens! And a bantam roo too! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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