Free range bantams

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by amarook, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. amarook

    amarook Songster

    Mar 4, 2009
    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.

  2. kezabel

    kezabel Songster

    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 [​IMG]

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