Full sized roo with Banty hens?

Julie dingman evans

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We would like a rooster and we have a bantam flock... I know that bantam roosters seldom protect the flock and live to tell the tail. So has anyone ever had a full sized rooster in with hens? Would the babies be medium sized? Would this be safe for the hens? What are the pros and cons? Thank you for your imput! 😊
 

LaFleche

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We would like a rooster and we have a bantam flock... I know that bantam roosters seldom protect the flock and live to tell the tail. So has anyone ever had a full sized rooster in with hens? Would the babies be medium sized? Would this be safe for the hens? What are the pros and cons? Thank you for your imput! 😊
The bantam roosters I came to know were very protective of their flock.

The other way round, which would be a bantam rooster for normal sized hens is what a lot of people practice successfully. The offspring will be medium sized.

It depends on the roosters abilities and cautions when breeding, but I would not consider a full sized rooster as bantam hens can sustain severe injuries because of his weight pressing down on them.
 

JedJackson

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I think a bantam rooster is best. They will protect your flock just as well. Something like an Old English game bantam rooster would be ideal, but there are lots of options.
 

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