Can bantams and regular size chickens live together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by farmgirl277, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. farmgirl277

    farmgirl277 Out Of The Brooder

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    So we have a two barred rock hens and one rooster. We want to get another two or three hens (reagular size). But I think bantams are so cute and I want to get one or two for fun but I dont know if they can live together. My three that we have now are very gentle and I dont think they would attack them... Does anyone have experience with this?
     
  2. chickenlver2013

    chickenlver2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

    yes I have 6 and they love the big chickens. Bantams will be ok with the big chickens. You'll just need to seperate them for a couple w eeks in a side by side pen so they can interact and get used to each other.
     
  3. farmgirl277

    farmgirl277 Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay thank you!! I think they're so cute!! :D
     
  4. chickenlver2013

    chickenlver2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Me too!! I love them. They have such personalities.
     
  5. Jipus5

    Jipus5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Had 3 Bantam hens and 1 Bantam Rooster named Chester. Then 2 roosters and 16 regular hens. I never had to keep them apart. Chickens are kind of a racial species..like sticks with like...even feather coloring sticks together though different breeds! So, a fox got our rooster Chester... and about 5 weeks after, one of the Bantam hens disappeared! BTW, all are free ranged all day, coop at night. Anyway, a month later...here she comes out from underneath our house with 9 BABIES!!! There is no way they could be Chesters, right?! Nope... they are grown now and are between regular and Bantam sized chickens.... and they lay eggs between both sizes as well. All normal..So...If the Bantam hens do not have a rooster... they need one. He will 'marry' them all, but if you dont have one... "another man will step up in his place" obviously. I didn't know what to think!!!
     
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