Does anyone mix bantam breeds with larger breeds?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Oscarsgravett, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. Oscarsgravett

    Oscarsgravett Chirping

    Mar 18, 2014
    East Sussex , England
    This is an option I am new to as I used to be unsure about the idea but I now mix my bantams with my larger bird breeds. It all started when I left the gate open accidentally between both runs and the birds mixed I noticed my mistake 10 minutes after as I was feeding my ducks next to the two runs. I came back and was so surprised to find that they were eating together and dust bathing. No quaraling at all :). Now they have been socialising with each other for about a couple of months although still sleep in separate houses as of yet. What surprised me the most is the bantams aren't at the bottom of the pecking order although they are fiesty little things and do have the personality of a lion :lol:.

    Anyway I wondered if anyone else also mixes there breeds?

    Here are some of mine mixing:


  2. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

    Apr 3, 2014
    I have my Silkie with 4 other LF and they get along great!
  3. kculbert

    kculbert Songster

    Jan 13, 2013
    Houston, Texas
    Same here! Silkie and 4 LF. The Silkie actually picks on my EE.
  4. lightchick

    lightchick Crowing

    Apr 3, 2014
  5. LALA13

    LALA13 In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2014
    Southeastern Utah
    I have a little bit of everything! Autralorp, Autrawhite, Buff, Leghorn, Cochin, Serama, Silkie, to name a few! Young and old, hen and roo....they all live quite contently together with my Pekins and Khaki Campbell ducks!!! [​IMG] I say if they're getting along, then GREAT!!
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    My little bantam hens can stand off large fowl hens and half grown cockerels no problem, especially if they have chicks. But, the bantam hens and the large fowl roosters just don't work, around here anyway. My rooster's just too large and the hens look too stressed, so I keep them apart.
  7. Birtles

    Birtles In the Brooder

    My 4 Wyandotte bantams are running with 34 LF and the LF rooster with no problems! Not sure if their eggs are fertile though as they aren't laying due to being quite young still (18 weeks).

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