I've read a few times that the preferred ration hens to rooster is one rooster for about 10 hens for normal sized chickens. On the other hand, for bantams often a ratio of 4-5 hens per rooster is given. Why the difference? I'm asking because I would like to get a rooster for a bit of fun breeding next spring. I've got 4 mature, normal sized laying hens (two of them do go broody) and two pullets that are now 2 months old. I don't want to get more hens. As my hens are mixed breeds anyway, I wouldn't mind getting them a bantam rooster. I like small chickens and our space is limited. Would a bantam rooster and 5-6 normal sized hens get along? Could they mate? Or should I get a normal sized roo and hope he makes do with 5-6 hens?