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Can you cross bantams with standards?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by epona4, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. epona4

    epona4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a sussex roo and hen and a Barred Rock bantam trio. Will the roos try to mate with all the ladies?

    I suspect come spring I'll need to separate the pair from the trio as I'd like to have some Sussex chicks. However, I am wondering if it is possible to cross them or if that would be bad for the banty hens.

    Thanks
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    My EE roo breeds my Silkie hen, but I keep a saddle on her b/c his nails tear her skin since he's so big. The chicks are the most adorable thing ever though!
     
  3. epona4

    epona4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How does a saddle work? I've never heard of this before. I am guessing it is to protect the hens backs.
     
  4. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, the roos will try to mate them all. I let my chickens out of the breeding pens for winter and I have seen bantam roosters mating full-sized hens and full-sized roosters mating bantam hens. I am incubating some of the eggs right now to see the fun mixes. I watched them all closely and the roosters don't seem to fight each other they just each choose a group of hens for themselves and live in seperate areas of the great big barn they are living in for the winter and I figured the barn was warmer than all the outdoor coops over the winter.
     
  5. runamuck

    runamuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, its works [​IMG] Heres the proof Pretty boy the Phoenix sebright mix roo

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    anyone want a few lol [​IMG]
     
  6. epona4

    epona4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A very pretty boy indeed!!
     

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