can bantam--hens, esp.--live and be housed w/standards?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jmc, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    I would like to get some bantam foster mothers for my breeding program. but i want to house all birds together when breeding and brooding pens are not in use.
    Can i safely keep bantam hens with standard roos.....................?

  2. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Yes you can. However be mindful of their sizes, temperment and how they react toward roosters.
  3. jmc

    jmc Songster

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    thank 'ewe' [​IMG]
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Maybe yes, maybe no. If they are free ranged with enough space for the hens to get away from the standard roosters- probably no problems. In tighter quarters the possibility of physical damage from the roosters exists.

  5. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I have seramas and all sorts of tiny bantams in with huge Orps and Rocks and Jersey Giants. It's not that big a deal if everyone gets to have plenty of space to roam. It's especially easy if they grow up together, even if you just grow out some LF with the banties, so at introduction, the banties aren't unaccustomed to the LF and they aren't the only new kids.
  6. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Songster

    Aug 2, 2010
    i had 3 bantams, two hens one roo, and i had two standard size chicks end up being roosters, once they got older they started trying to breed with my little hens, and it was disturbing because they were much too big. i had more than enough coop space and free range all day and still didnt like what i was seeing. you may have better luck, many people keep both, just keep an eye on the roos with the smaller hens.
  7. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Crowing

    Sep 25, 2010
    Kansas City
    I have 4 BO pullets and a BO roo. I also have 3 silkies and a silkie mutt. I introduced them when the BO's were around 16 weeks and the silkies around 10 weeks. They seem to get along fine, although they keep to their own little cliques.

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