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can a bantam and large rooster get along?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by SammyRouen, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. SammyRouen

    SammyRouen In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2014
    Okay so I have this cocky little orpington bantam rooster who is a very good husband to his 5 girls but I wanted a rooster for breeding I bought 10 chicks one of which is a buff orpington (large) cockerel. I'm not sure if they will get along.
    -banty: 5 months
    -large: 5 weeks
    -both are buff orpingtons

    By the time the large cockerel is mature the banty will be roughly a year old.

    -banty grew up with NHR cockerels (NHR ended up as dinner), red sex-link, a leghorns
    -large Orp is growing up with other Orps (2 females) and two female easter eggers (still living in their brooder in the house)
    -I also have a group of five 6 week old barred rock pullets, black australorps pullets, and a buff orpington pullet (living in a dog crate in the coop) to be introduced to the rest of the flock in a few weeks.
    - altogether that's 2 roosters, 14 hens or 7 to 1

    Also any advise on integrating chicks with a baby cockerel (not till their 6 to 8 weeks old) to a flock already with a cockerel? will the rooster help with the chicks becoming part of the flock (stop fights with the hens, and so on) or will he be aggressive to the chicks. I had a successful intro with the leghorn hens but that was when my roo and hens were only 2 months old. Now they're mature and I'm not sure.

    All advise and help is appreciated! Thanks!

  2. Den in Penn

    Den in Penn Songster

    Dec 15, 2011
    SE Pa.
    A juvenile introduced and raised with a mature rooster has a better chance to fit in. but it is not a sure thing. I introduce cockerels at or under twelve weeks the same as I do pullets. As they mature there will be some strife as they find their place in the rooster's pecking order. Be aware that some, just like people, will never get along well.

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