Do these appear to be bantam chickens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MadAsh, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. MadAsh

    MadAsh Out Of The Brooder

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    We bought these two as week old chicks and have since purchased three adult bantams. These chickens have much bigger feet (yellow and huge...not the cute lil' gray bantam feet like our others.) This rooster is about twice the size of my smallest bantam. [​IMG]
     
  2. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    He looks like standard size to me. Did you buy them as "bantam"?
     
  3. MadAsh

    MadAsh Out Of The Brooder

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    He was supposed to be a bantam. I just took a few pictures to compare him to the other bantam hens. The little buff one is the smallest. [​IMG]

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    My concern is having bantam hens with a standard rooster. He is about 3 1/2 to 4 months old. The black cochins are 20 weeks old and the little buff (whatever she is) is an adult hen.
     
  4. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    thats a standard size roo
     
  5. MadAsh

    MadAsh Out Of The Brooder

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    so if he is a standard rooster, will that work with a flock of bantam hens or should I take him back and get a bantam rooster? I have discovered chicken mating is quite disturbing to me because it looks as though he is beating them up. My husband said, "What...do you want him to light a candle?" He just started trying to mate with the cochins that we brought home on Friday and started crowing about the same time. I just don't want him to hurt the bantams. The other problem is that my daughters raised him and love him dearly. They are so afraid that he is going to have to go. Is it possible to keep him or would that be bad for the flock?
     
  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    i would trade him in as he still has a long ways to go before he is full size and a standard once full grown his weight could squish the hens.
     
  7. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would get a Banty rooster for Banty hens as he could hurt them. I'm sure your daughter would understand or you could sell your banty hens and get all standard hens. My experience is it is best to have all standards or all bantams flocks. Also, just a heads up that many friendly cockerels turn into mean rooster once puberty kicks in. Not all but many.
     
  8. BantyChickenLuv

    BantyChickenLuv Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definetly take him back and get a Bantam. He can seriously injure the Bantams during breeding.
     
  9. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also, I would get a rooster that is slightly younger than the hens and that is a breed that is known to be more docile if your kids will be around him. Kids are generally smaller and roosters sometime see kids as a threat to their hens.
     
  10. MadAsh

    MadAsh Out Of The Brooder

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    We took our boy back to the farm today, along with the other standard hen that was supposed to be a bantam. There were tears, but when the girls saw him walk right into the crowd of hens his same size, they finally understood why this was best for him and our little bantam hens. Now, they are talking about a bantam rooster to watch over our little bantam hens. We will have to be on the lookout for a gentle bantam rooster....any suggestions?
     

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