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Getting Addicted to Chickens...Question on Bantam...

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Kat's Silly Chickens, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, now that we fell in love with these 5 baby chicks [​IMG] as backyard pets
    Now we are adding 1 Blue Silkie, 1 Buff Silkie, and another Sultan Bantam to our brood on 10/13.
    With the 1st 5 being 6 weeks old when we get the new ones, will we be able to put the new ones in with them?

    I have another question... Is a bantam just a smaller breed of chicken? When we ordered the new ones the lady asked if we wanted standard or bantam for the Sultan...
     
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  2. Rozzie

    Rozzie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Bantams are smaller sized chickens. Think "Miniature chickens." Standards would be the larger, full-sized chickens.

    You can keep bantams in a bit smaller space. They also lay a smaller egg.
     
  3. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    Highly addicting.... Worse than large fowl... Try and maintain composure... they are cuter as chicks and you can house MORE...did you hear me... MORE... AAAARRRRGGGG It is a slippery slope!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    I'll bet you can fit extra bantam eggs in a bator too! [​IMG]
     
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    If your new chicks are day old chicks being sent to you, you should keep them separate until they are about the same size as the other flock.

    If they are bantams, and they won't ever be the same size, some people wait until 3 months of age to join flocks. Others do it earlier. But I would at least wait until they are finished with the heat lamps around 6 weeks of age or so. If you need help dealing with baby chicks, the first hatchery I ever ordered from has a good website for information on chick raising with temperatures needed:

    http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/chickcare.html

    You can do a search on here for "integrate flocks" or something like that. There have been lots of threads on this.

    Bantams are smaller. Some breeds come in bantam size and LF (large fowl) and some are just bantams.

    Silkies have a soft spot like a baby on their heads (their skulls have a hole in them). Don't allow anyone to pick on your silkies, or they could be killed with one peck on the top of the head or brain damaged. A LOT of people have them mixed in with their flocks- just make sure that they aren't being bullied when you do integrate them.

    When you do put them together, there will be a discovery of the pecking order. As long as feathers are not being pulled out and blood is not being drawn, people usually say it's ok.

    But when they gang up on a little one and try to kill it, then they just might.

    I have some older girls that I just couldn't get to stop being bullies. They are their own separate flock now (19 of them). They are happier that way. My bantams are too! I do have some LF in with my bantams, though. They were raised with them.
     
  6. kla37

    kla37 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I really needed to hear that, but I still want some banties....[​IMG]
     
  7. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  8. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How is everyone finding Silkie chicks??!
     
  9. Kat's Silly Chickens

    Kat's Silly Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you Everyone for the helpful answers.
    I read thru the link ChickensAreSweet and we will follow the advice for introducing new chicks to young chicks.
    We will take the advice on the silkies, the last thing we want is to lose a Silkie. I'm not exactly new at raising chicks, I had some I raised back in early2008-mid2009 but I never had rare delicate breeds. We will put a wire divider in their pen if the 6 weeks olds can be farther away from the lamp. Our others were all gotten together so they are use to each other and don't pick on the Sultan.

    @secuono we are in Texas and order them from Ideal Poultry, then go down to pick them up since we are so close to the hatchery...
     

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