Free range bantams

amarook

Songster
10 Years
Mar 4, 2009
507
9
151
Wellsburg
Hi, In addition to my standard sized birds, I have 4 bantams, 2 sebrights, a japanese, and a cochin.

My standard size birds I let free range for about an hour or 2 every evening.

My 4 bantams were raised with 4 black australorps. They all get along just fine. They were in a brooder box in the coop with all the other birds. We have the brooder made in such a way that when they get old enough that they don't need a light anymore we pop off the front panel and all the birds can see each other.

I just integrated with younger birds with the older birds a couple days ago. They were really ready to get out of the brooder.

So far the BAs, and the bantams keep together in a little group.
They have plenty of places where they can hide from the larger birds in the coop if they need to.

My question is how soon can I allow the BAs to join the older birds when they are getting free range time?

And, is it a good idea to let the bantams free range at all?

They are so small I'm afraid that a cat might get them, or they will get lost. This is my first year with chickens, so I'm still learning everything.

THANKS!
 

kezabel

Songster
10 Years
May 1, 2009
811
16
141
Charmhaven - Australia
I have 4 bantam hens as well, and they free range all day. We have a cat but she leaves them alone, actually one of the hens chases her when she sees the cat lol thats a funny site
 

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