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Can I introduce bantams to chickens?!? Please help

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by StevieKnee, May 26, 2016.

  1. StevieKnee

    StevieKnee Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys,

    I have 3 warrens in my flock, 1 is around 3years and the other 2 are coming up to 1year. When we introduced the young ones to the older one there was obviously a pecking order to sort out but all in all things went great and now they couldn't be closer.
    I've recently seen 2 young Polish Bantams I absolutely adore and would love to introduce them to my flock but worried they may get picked on too much?
    Can anyone give any experience or advice on mixing bantams with chickens and if it's at all possible or the risks too high?

    Also any insight into Polish Bantams in general I should know :):)

    Thank you !!!
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is possible,your hens don't sound to mean,but when they fight,things should only last 8 or 10 seconds.Bantams are small and usually pretty well tempered.They may not even waste their time fighting (That's what my bantam did.)

    My hen is the smallest and only faught one hen,and bulked up to one other,that was it,she scattered other then that and is now a big part of the flock.They may get picked on more then others (Size and temperament plays a play),but you could just watch them and if things are getting too rough,just separate them or spray them with a water bottle or hose.
     
  3. StevieKnee

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    At least yours did well! My older chicken did 'Kung Pow' the younger one's in the head once but it put them right in there place. They didn't squabble anymore after that. The young one's just gave the older one some space until she accepted them into the flock a week or so later.
    I'm hoping for another easy ride like that but just wasn't completely sure because they are half the size this time.

    Thank you for your reply!!
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Being a keeper of Polands I would suggest you use the see but dont touch method. Here is a fab article about it ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/introducing-new-chickens-using-the-see-but-don-t-touch-method

    Polands having fancy crests are 99% of the time at the bottom of the pecking order and are often picked on due to the fancy crest and them not being able to see too well because of the crest. They are an easy target for other breeds. Once you do get your polands with the other girls I would watch them very carefully for any bullying behaivour that may get too much for the small ones. Add extra feed and water stations too so no one can be bullied out of feeding and drinking.
    They can live quite harmoniously together once they have the pecking order established but watch them. My Mum has 2 warrens and 2 polands and they rub along ok together. Took a while but they know where everyone stands now.

    Polands are a fab breed to keep but require a bit more attention. Check their crests regular for lice and mites, check the eyes too. The crest can fall in to them and cause irritation. Be careful of their heads as they could have a vaulted skull which means part of the brain could be exposed. This can lead to head injury if they bang or get an injury to it. Barring those few points enjoy your new birds, they sure are friendly little chickens once tamed up.
     
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  5. StevieKnee

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    Thank you for your very detailed response!
    Great to get some knowledge, i will be sure to have a look on the link you have posted.

    Thanks again!
     

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