Crossing bantams with large fowl

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BarnGoddess01, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. BarnGoddess01

    BarnGoddess01 I [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]

    This is probably a really stupid question but when crossing a bantam with LF, do the offspring come out either bantam or LF or can they split the difference, so to speak? I know with horses they get their height gene either from the dad or the mom. They don't split the difference. I assume it works the same way with chickens? And if the bantam is the female - can large fowl hatch out of tiny bantam eggs?
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2011
  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I've always wondered this too.. Hope you get your answer!
  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    had a silke hen go into the Lf sumatra pen and than had babies. They came out the size of silkies. crossed a bantam frizzle cochin to a Lf araucana and the chick is so far a little bigger than the hen, this years chick.
  4. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Antonio Texas
    I've always heard they came out medium in size ?
    Several yrs ago I had a large cuckoo marans cockerel prob 6-7 lbs breed a bantam n- neck hen 1.5-2lbs.
    Was an accident, ended up with bantam sized cuckoo n-neck. [​IMG]
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  5. BarnGoddess01

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    Quote:I would LOVE to see a picture of that bird!!! [​IMG]
  6. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Antonio Texas
    Was Several yrs ago and dont have them anymore [​IMG]
  7. Mrshollywood

    Mrshollywood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    Gig Harbor, WA
    My best layer is a LF/bantam cross, I personally like that mix for a "barnyard" chicken. She is smaller and smarter than the larger hens (orpingtons etc..) She never misses a day laying and eats less [​IMG] Her eggs are just a touch smaller than the orpington eggs.

    I have a huge light sussex roo and recently hatched one from a tiny japanese bantam hen in his pen and it was his! The chick hatched out tiny since it was in a tiny egg, but it is going to be larger than the mother for sure!

    I also have a group of Dominique over bantam cochins and japanese bantam hens that are a couple months old and range in all sizes so far.... It was not a mix I planned, but interesting to see what happens....

    Hope that helps!
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  8. kfacres

    kfacres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2011
    the resulting chicks are called 'tweeners'..., although I would imagine some would go either way, especially if 2 F1's were mated together.

    honestly, most hatchery quality birds, are also 'tweener's, when their weights are compared to the SOP.
  9. gallorojo

    gallorojo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2009
    The chicks size will be in between, but will much more closely follow the size of the hen and egg. The hen sets the size and type, generally. Bantam hens will give you a very small adult, while large fowl will give you a nearly full size adult. I've done these crosses many times, so has my father and grandfather. It's kinder to use a bantam cock over LF hens, but, I have done it both ways.
  10. SamLParks

    SamLParks Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 16, 2012
    Ramona, CA

    On a side note, that's not always true with horses. I've had plenty of foals out grow both parents and some that never reach the shortest parents heigh. Most however are in the middle of both parents. I'd imagine it's the same with chickens
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