Can Bantams live with Australorps?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by suburban, May 11, 2011.

  1. suburban

    suburban Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 13, 2010
    Perth, western Australia
    I have 1 Australorp, an Australorp x with something? and a Buff Orpington. They are about 9 months old and have a big coop and run.

    My friend has five 1yr old bantams which she needs to rehome very soon. I was wondering if they could get along with my hens or will they get picked on too much.
  2. NightCode

    NightCode Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 6, 2010
    there will always be pecking. It's treir nature. If you were adding 1 bantam then I would say it would be tougher. But I had 3 bantams I intraduced to my exisiting flock of 12 and they were fine. Since there are five of them it shouldn't be a problem. They will stick together.
  3. schellie69

    schellie69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2009
    They should be fine just remember to quarantine the new birds for 30 days then divide the pen up and let them see each other for a few days maybe let them free range together for a couple of weeks then put them together there will be pecking as they figure out the pecking order. I have 4 bantams living with my standard one of those bantams is my rooster.
  4. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have an Astralorp hen. ~ she MUST have some Gold Comet mixed in her. On introduction, my bantam hen attacked her until Mr Roo stopped the insanity with his feet & verbal warning. [​IMG] Now they act like best friends. [​IMG] good luck !
  5. binza1979

    binza1979 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011
    We have 12 standard size birds and were able to introduce 4 bantams into the flock just fine. The bantams keep to themselves. We have 3 sub-flocks that make up one big flock. The four bantams, six pullets from this spring, and six hens from last spring. Each group has their own alpha. The squabble among the groups every now and then, but we have had no major problems with size. One of our bantam hens roosts UNDER one of our big EE girls.

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