Can I keep Pekin Bantams and Orpingtons together?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Bossom-hen, Apr 26, 2017.

  1. Bossom-hen

    Bossom-hen In the Brooder

    Dec 31, 2013
    England, UK
    Does anyone do this? I have two fully grown pekin bantams (miniature cochins) and was considering getting two Orpington growers (about 10 weeks old so still quite small). I thought if I mixed them (carefully, separating them with wire to begin with) they would probably accept each other just fine. I have heard orpingtons are docile but being a lot bigger I thought they may deter the cats from coming into the garden. I know they would have different housing requirements but I think I can sort that fairly easily.

  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Unfortunately there's no one answer. Most times you will have no problems. All birds have different personalities so you won't know until you try. Pekin or Cochin bantam can sometimes hold their own, and others are more meek and get bullied.
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