Can you keep bantams, and standards together?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Manda0227, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. Manda0227

    Manda0227 Songster

    Mar 30, 2010
    Just thinking for in the future.. Now that I've learned more about chickens and everything, there's so many other breeds and types Id like to try. Can you keep bantams with standards? Or is it just best to keep them separate? We were thinking somewhere along the line we'd like to try hatching eggs, probably silkies or seramas. I'd be so scared to have those shipped! Currently I have 2 week old standards one RIR, BR, Aussie, red sex-link, and one IDK breed. lol Any advice? I was working on my coop today, and I can't wait for the girls to go outside! They're going to have so much fun!
  2. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    I keep my 2 standard chickens with my 3 bantams with no problems. The only thing I have noticed is my standard hens are dominant over my bantam rooster. Have fun! [​IMG]
  3. HenMamma

    HenMamma Songster

    May 10, 2008
    Emmet TWP, MI
    I haven't had problems keeping standards an bantams together.
  4. flowerchicks

    flowerchicks Songster

    Aug 18, 2009
    n. california
    Quote:Ditto that, for sure. My BR is definitely in charge of the coop, but my silkie roo is starting to gain all the girls respect [​IMG] . I am even pretty sure he has been mating my RIR, cause there are feathers missing on her neck. She is the last hen I would have expected him to get with, as she is fiesty. It took a while, but they have also accepted my little d'uccle as part of the flock and she no longer gets picked on (her and the roo are a month younger than the full sized girls and were introduced at 6 weeks old). Right now, I have a silkie chick with 4 other chicks the same age (3 weeks). She's less than half their size, but they don't treat her any differently, as they have been together since they were 2 days old. I am going to keep this next bunch seperated in the coop for a while so they don't get picked on. Hopefully, they will be accepted more quickly than the d'uccle and silke were, as that has taken about 6 months now.
  5. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I have silkies, bantam cochins and all my big chickens together free-ranging. My bantam cochin roo, Lloyd, runs the place. He chases the big guy, Geronimo, all over the yard if he gets anywhere near the ladies. Poor Geronimo!!! Geronimo has to sneak if he wants a girlfriend. Otherwise, there are no troubles. Have fun!!!
  6. pretty_chicken

    pretty_chicken In the Brooder

    Feb 1, 2010
    I was also thinking about this question! I have 6 new standard pullet chicks, and right now my bantam rooster seems like he wants to ring their necks! He got a look at them when he was walking around the house, and his hackles went right up! Needless to say, he is confined to the basement right now. But I was hoping that these big girls will be able to hold their own someday when they're twice his size! Maybe even get some cute crossbabies?
  7. NicInNC

    NicInNC Songster

    Jun 23, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have bantams, standards, a broody silkie and six 1 week-old chicks all together with no problems at all!
  8. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    No the bantams will pick on the standards. Just kidding they do fine together. Though in all honesty. I had 4 bantam frizzes and put them into a pen with some standard hens. One of the roo's chase all the standards to the outside of the pen and then the 4 bantam frizzes commmenced to sun themselves under the heat light. It was one of those I wish I had this on video.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2010
  9. Cowgrl4life

    Cowgrl4life In the Brooder

    Apr 6, 2010
    I've kept bantams and standards before and plan on doing it again... the ONLY problem I've ever had is if you have an especially large rooster that trys to breed them... I've had a few necks get snapped that way... The size of the roo, he just doesnt realize he's pulling on thier thin little necks [​IMG]
  10. Bill1st

    Bill1st Chirping

    Dec 23, 2014
    I am about to do the same thing. 9 standard hens(mixed group of girls) all between 4-6mo. and getting 4 cornish bantams 2mo old next week. I a little concerned...

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