Can you mix banties with larger hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JenO, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. JenO

    JenO In the Brooder

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    I've got two black sex link, and two Easter eggers. Thinking about adding a showgirl I saw on craigslist for $3... (just a chick, so only 50/50 shot I'd get to keep it since I can't have a roo in town...)
     

  2. BloominOrchid

    BloominOrchid Songster

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    I have banties & standards they free roam and I have no issues..ect a bully of a roo![​IMG]
     
  3. swordgeek

    swordgeek Chirping

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    I have one silkie in with 8 standards, and she bosses the 4 younger birds around - even though she's now significantly smaller than they are. Never had a problem. I don't think she realizes she's as small as she is.
     
  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Yes you can mix, done that all the time with my flock. Size is not the issue in the flock, attitude is! [​IMG]
     
  5. It took my girls quite awhile to let our banty (who was a freebee from a local event this spring) into the club, but now that she's in, they don't mess with her. Sometimes she gets stepped on in the stampede for breakfast, but that's about it!
     
  6. boogiedog

    boogiedog Songster

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    I have 20 standard and 10 banties. No problems at all.
     
  7. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

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    I have one old english game bantam that is so small she looks like a dove. She hangs out with my big buff orpingtons and silver laced wyandottes who are both really big.
     

  8. pennie1

    pennie1 Redneck Silkie

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    I have 3 bantams in with 12 standards and the standards give all of the bantams a very wide berth. Little does not mean pansy. Quite the opposite in fact.[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  9. RedfogsFlock

    RedfogsFlock Songster

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    We have one banti roo with 12 standard size hens, 5 other standard roosters, 3 geese, 4 turkeys, & 10 ducks. No problems here & they free range 24/7!
     
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  10. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

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    I have standard cochins in with oegb they do fine all my birds stay in the same coop together.
     

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