Can I house a Bantam with Standard hens?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by wmillsap, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. wmillsap

    wmillsap Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi
    Tomorrow I'm getting a Buff Cochin Bantam hen. I have 7 other hens. Can she he housed with them? They free range all day, in my fenced in back yard. Only locked up at night for safety. [​IMG]
    Can the bantam free range too? I'm so excited about getting her!
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    When they are raised together, bantams can generally hold their own in a flock with larger birds. In this situation being a small bird introducing to an established flock of 7 larger hens she will most likely be abused quite severely. You can try an integration after she has been quarantined, but monitor it closely for her safety.
     
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  3. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Too Many Chickens Premium Member

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    Cute hen! I have had great success with housing bantams and LF together, but I have quite a spacious coop. I integrated 2 adult bantams with my flock of 30 LF, (leghorn, wyandotte, BO, BSL, and some others) but it took a while of supervised visits and careful introductions... This may not work for everyone, so be very careful. Just my 2 cents.
    -Banti


    Oh, and what breed are your other hens?
     
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on sourland's post. I wouldn't personally recommend introducing your bantam to the flock of standard breeds as it she is liable to take a beating from the larger birds. For this reason we had to remove our Silkies from the main flock and keep them in their own separate enclosure. How bad the situation is may depend on what type of standard breeds you have. In my personal experience, RIRs in particular can be tough on bantams, but some of the calmer and more gentle standard breeds such as Orpingtons, Faverolles, Cochins, and Brahmas may do okay with them.
     
  5. wmillsap

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    I have a EE, OE, Wyandotte, astroloupe, red star, Maran, barred rock. the EE and OE rule the roost. The red star is extreamly friendly, so is the black astroloupe. I made a small fenced area next to theirs. I will keep her in that until they are playing nice. It will be 70 this coming weekend, so maybe if I'm outside I can let her out?!? I will be the mother hen supervisor! Lol
    Do your bantams free range? I have 2 red star baby chicks that are 6 weeks old. Could she go in their brooder box, away from the light? Can a bantam fly?
     
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  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I don't currently have any bantams, but when I've had them, they've never free ranged (I've free ranged some of the large fowl breeds in the past), and yes, bantams can definitely fly (with the exception of pure Silkie bantams).
     
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