Can bantam hen mate with barred rock roo?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by griddles, May 11, 2007.

  1. griddles

    griddles Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it possible for a standard rooster to mate with a bantam hen? (I no longer have a bantam roo.) She is the biggest of the bantams but still very small compared to my barred rock roo. She is very broody right now and I'm not sure wether to leave the eggs or not. If they are fertile, I would let them hatch. [​IMG]
     
  2. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    Its possible but probably hard on the little hen. If you are unsure that they have mated you could always set some of your other eggs under her. Monty
     
  3. allen wranch

    allen wranch Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    When you consider that a roo grabs a hen by her head and jumps on her back when mating, he can can seriously hurt a bantam hen in the process.
     
  4. griddles

    griddles Out Of The Brooder

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    Guess what- she is hatching her eggs today!! What could they turn out to look like? Will they be small like her?
     
  5. Freebie

    Freebie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
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    I am not sure, I have bantam hens and had a BR roo. But I don't think he ever messed with the bantams. At least I never saw any indication of it.

    But how long before she went broody did you loose your little roo? I have read that the hens are still fertile a few weeks after the roo is gone.

    But if they are mixed with the BR. I would love to see some pictures.
     
  6. griddles

    griddles Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost my sweet little Lou last fall along with four banty hens to a stray dog. She was the only survivor.[​IMG]
    So far two have completely hatched today, so sweet & tiny. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2007
  7. missusduray

    missusduray Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont tease us! Give us a picture!
    Kristyne [​IMG]
     
  8. chickengirl_23

    chickengirl_23 New Egg

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    PLEASE DO!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
     
  9. griddles

    griddles Out Of The Brooder

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    I will post a pick this weekend, my white rock may be the father though also. Thay are so sweet, I think one is already developing waddles? [​IMG]
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It's possible. If the hen is too small the rooster, or at least mine who is like 10 lbs, ignores them for his bigger girls.

    Funny thing though is... I had two silkie roos, one was black, the other had streaks of many colors in his feathers. Well, I butchered the multicolored and when I hatched eggs from my black silkie hen who lives only with the black silkie roo now... I ended up with half of them looking like the multi colored roo! And he was gone for a whole month before I set the eggs... He was potent!
     

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