can standards and bantams live together in harmony?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by erindubb, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. erindubb

    erindubb Songster

    Apr 18, 2010
    I have three chicks - one barred rock and two bantams. All hens (hopefully) and I actually wanted two of each. Someone who has chickens just told me that I will need to separate them. Is this true? It is just a little backyard coop - no way to separate unless I get rid of one kind altogether. Can they live in harmony? I was still considering getting another barred rock at some point too. They were out when I got mine. Humm. Please advise.
  2. emmak

    emmak Songster

    Apr 29, 2010
    North Central Texas
    I have 2 full sized hens and one little beautiful old english bantam hen. I originally also had a bantam silkie. After a few days of adjustment, everyone got along fine. They've established their pecking order. Unfortunately, my little silkie (who was very young) died. She definitely wasn't injured by any of the other chickens. She just wasn't alive one morning. So, in my limited experience, they can adjust and get along just fine.
  3. houndit

    houndit There is no H or F in Orpington!

    Jul 13, 2008
    Braymer Missouri
    Almost always! In fact, Silkies sometimes chase standards.
  4. CalebtheChicken

    CalebtheChicken Songster

    Jun 5, 2010
    Jeremiah, Ky.
    I have a 4 pound lakenvelder hen that bosses around my 9.5 pound new hampshire red rooster!
  5. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    MIne do! [​IMG]
  6. Blue

    Blue Songster

    Apr 6, 2010
    In the past, we had 2 Old English Game bantams (a hen and a roo) in with our standards (6 or 7 hens, though probably none over 5 or 6 lbs., and a roo). They got along great. When Mini Me's (we called him this because he looked exactly like our big roo - both silver duckwings) hen got taken by a hawk, our big roo let him have one of the smaller standard hens from his flock. Both the roos would hang out on the fence of my mom's flower bed and our big one would crow, and then Mini Me, sitting right next to him, would crow, and they'd just do this back and forth for a few minutes. I always thought it was insanely adorable.

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