Combining full sized with bantams?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Poultron1, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Poultron1

    Poultron1 New Egg

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    Hello,
    I am looking to purchase chicks (maybe from "mypetchicken.com" ?) and want to mix the flock of 6-9 chicks from different breeds. My daughters want pets and I want eggs so we are choosing docile, nice, egg layers. I am in Pennsylvania, so hardy helps also.

    In choosing our mixed flock...can I combine full size with bantams? Will I have issues with bigger bullying little?

    Thank you for your time.

    Poultron1
     
  2. Chickenbodhi

    Chickenbodhi Out Of The Brooder

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    The only problem I had with mixing Bantams with Standards was when my rather large RIR Cross Roo developed a crush on my Rosecomb Bantam Hen. His attempts to mount and mate her could have proved fatal for my tiny bantam if they had not been separated! Good luck :)
     
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    When raised together bantams and standard birds can generally be maintained without a problem. Yes, there will be bullying and maybe the bantams will be on the bottom of the pecking order - or maybe not. There is always the possibility of bantam hens being injured by massive standard roosters.
     
  4. justin24

    justin24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    go for some large size batny breeds
     
  5. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a bantam frizzle cochin in with my large fowl. He/she does fine with the big girls. If they are raised together, they are very friendly with eachother, and even if not, integration can be sucessful. [​IMG]

    edit: oh, and Karma (my frizzle) is currently the only bantam in a group of 20 chickens.
     
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  6. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some bantam breeds lay just as well or better than large-fowl breeds. My BS bantam rocks lay better than my chantecler hen! Many bantam breeds that have a LF counterpart lay well and lay large eggs. They eat less feed and lay just as much!
     
  7. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually was wondering the same thing you were a few weeks ago. Well they showed me....

    I have a new coop that we just built one side is for bantams and one side is for the big hens ( egg layers).....well a few weeks after move in the big hens decide to roost on the rafters. (Will be fixed soon..)keep in mind that they can see eachother through chicken wire walls. So every morning I find 1 or 2 big hens in with my bantys keep in mind the banty hens are like whatthe big hens chicks would be. [​IMG]

    Lets just say the bantys kick the big girls butt! But my little bantam rooster is in heaven, which Im not happy about because Im afraid my "selling" eggs will be fertile....

    To answer your question YES they can live together either raised together or slowly integrated purposely or not. :)
     
  8. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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