Does size matter ?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Buckguy20, May 11, 2007.

  1. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    [​IMG] Someone asked earlier if standard roosters can breed bantam hens. I know that it is very possible and I know Bantam roosters can breed standard hens in some cases. My question is if a bantam rooster is breeding a standard hen, then what kind of fertility rate can one expect? Is it hit and miss or can the little guy do the job on a regular basis? [​IMG]
  2. Napalongtail

    Napalongtail Longtail Longtimer

    Jan 31, 2007
    NE Washington
    Six of one half dozen of the other. Some bantam breeds are larger than others making mating easier either way. A serama roo for example will not like 99% be able to breed a standard hen even on the smaller side and a giant cochin will not be able to cross on say a dutch banty. It depends on the breeds in general... A silkie roo may however be able to reach say an australorp hen... and a leghorn male should technically be able to reach a bantam cochin hen.

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