Can you free-range bantams with large fowl?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Alexandra33, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We are probably going to be getting between 32-48 straight run bantams here in about a couple weeks with the intention of weeding out some of the roos, and that has brought up an important question: our flock of 37, soon to be 41, large fowl chickens and ducks free-ranges our three acres, so will this pose a problem if we wish to also free-range the bantams? Obviously, they won't be housed together, but they will eventually come in contact if they are all on the same property. Thank you so much!

    -Alex
     
  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    I asked a similar question awhile go and most of the answers I received were you could free range them together but its a bad idea to house them together, so I think you could do it.
     
  3. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I free range my mixed size flock, but then again I only have 17 birds on 10k sqft XD
    I feel like they should be fine, but will try to establish a pecking order
     
  4. CascadiaRiver

    CascadiaRiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do people really have issues housing them together? All of mine are fine, an dI have oegb and Cochins living and sleeping Next to eachother just fine!
     
  5. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Go Habs Go Premium Member

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    I have bantams and LF together, the bantams being just under 1 pound and LF being an estimated 5-7 lbs. They get along great, and I have had great results with introducing and housing them together. As long as they are properly introduced, you should not have a problem! Good luck!
    -Banti

    ETA: this very much depends on the breeds you have though, I keep large, docile breeds like BSL and EE.
     
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  6. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    That's what the replies were, I think my hens (RIRs, Red sex-links, Australorps) are more aggressive breeds who tend to bully.
     
  7. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have truly free-ranging birds (sleep in the barn or where ever they want) and I releases a bunch of extra cochin bantams expecting them to have a tough time competing, but they are doing great! Several have been re-captured and sold to people looking for a cochin roo, they look fantastic now, having the space to grow out all their feathers and get a lot of exercise.
     
  8. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    Agree, I would not house bantams with those particular breeds. But free ranging you should be fine. My bantams free range with the standards with no problem. Plenty of room to get away when they need to.
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I house mine separately but free range in the same area. In a larger flock it's best to house them separately. Smaller flocks can sometimes be okay. I also have a run for my bantam. They often are run off by the bigger birds and spend more time in their run, so make sure you have enough room for your bantams to go when they find the big birds too rough.
     
  10. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks so much, all of you! [​IMG] I thought so, but just wanted to be certain.

    -Alex
     

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