Do your banties rule the roost?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by JennsPeeps, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    We have a new banty who just joined our flock. She's 9 weeks old & the 3 others are 5. She seems to keep them in line pretty well. She doesn't lead them around the yard - she keeps up the rear all the time.

    Do those of you who have mixed flocks (banties + medium-sized birds) find that the banties are not-so-large & in charge? Is this an age or a demeanor thing?

    Personally I'd love to see her be in charge - she's sweet, stays really close, and seems to "teach" the younger birds things.
     
  2. MrsChickendad

    MrsChickendad Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 10 cochin bantam pullets (16 weeks) in with 8 ( 13 weeks) regular sized pullets (4 ISA Browns, 2 black sex-links and 2 Buff Orpingtons). The lowest banty is higher than the highest "big bird". The BOs are way on the bottom of the pecking order. I hand feed them all grapes and watermelon to tame them. The banties wade right in and eat while you hold the fruit, the big birds snatch it and run. I love to watch those little drumsticks pumping when they run!

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