Having problems introducing Bantams with bigger birds...

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chicken_Lover_2010, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Chicken_Lover_2010

    Chicken_Lover_2010 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey, so I am new to owning chickens. I have done a lot of research, but I am having a little trouble figuring out how to introduce younger birds to older ones. I bought some Rhode Island Reds, ISA Browns and Barred Rocks at the same time, but my friend had some of their Bantam eggs hatch, I thought they were so cute, so I bought some off of him. Well now I am trying to introduce them to the older ones and I am having a little bit of a problem. I have been putting the Bantams in a run right next to the big ones for almost a week now, hoping that they would get use to each other, but I am still seeing the big ones pecking through the fencing at the Bantams. If anyone has any other ideas I would love to hear them. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
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    House them next to each other for a few weeks (it takes longer than 1 week). You will still have to keep a close eye when you introduce them because they will never be the same size, but, eventually all the complaining will calm down. Keep at it.

    Just noticed your post count. [​IMG]
     
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  3. Chicken_Lover_2010

    Chicken_Lover_2010 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks I will try that
     
  4. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in the same boat and very worried about putting banties and bigger birds together! I wish us both luck! [​IMG]
     
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  5. Firearia

    Firearia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Same here, I'm afraid that my big orps would just obliterate the banties. So I decided to wait until next spring and see how the orpingtons deal with the EEs over winter.
     
  6. kindir

    kindir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The size makes no difference whatsoever. It's like dogs - they have no idea how big or small they are. I have a single bantam hen in with 3 light brahmas and 5 easter eggers (all HUGE) and she's 1/4 their size. She rules that coop with an iron fist!!!! She's very tough.

    Of course, when I put her in there she was older than the others, so if anything age/experience may have more to do with it than size. In fact, in every coop where I have a bantam mixed in with standard sized hens the bantam takes over. [​IMG]
     
  7. ellieroo

    ellieroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    very good to know! I did not want to pitch a pup tent and supervise fights for a week! The banties have been there for yrs the others are 4mos old but BCM and Welsummers, big birds, I have one tiny banty roo the thinks he is King Kong ! [​IMG]
     

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