Intorducing Bantys to my flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by CrystalChick, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. CrystalChick

    CrystalChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I have 2 10 week old bantams (along with 1 other Cochin hen, same age) that I would like to think about introducing to the rest of my flock of 7. Does anyone have any advice for this? So far they have socialized through a fence to keep them separate- so each group knows about the other. I am just a little worried about the Bantys since they are so small. I thought it would be good to do before winter, but are they too young still?
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    (this picture is from several weeks ago, but you get the gist.. they are small!)
     
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. chooketychook

    chooketychook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hiya I introduced my new 3 hens to the mixed of flock 17 within a week (I know I shouldnt have) they got a few pecks from big mama (the top hen) my dizzy lil frizzled polish gave them a chase and peck and that was the end...they just started eating and ranging again.Good luck
     
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  4. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Different flocks react differently, some rush in to beat up the new members while others just give them a few disciplinary pecks and it's over.
     
  5. SophiaMoon

    SophiaMoon Out Of The Brooder

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    My alpha hen is a banty and she goes after the full sized hens as she thinks they need it. Size does not matter to her and banties can think they got it all. So when you do put them together dont be surprised if a banty gets the best of the full sized.
     
  6. chooketychook

    chooketychook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree I have a pekin called martha shes high in the pecking order and will give my legbar girls a peck if she needs to,its so funny to watch my big atheletic legbars run from my short,chubby,feathered foot pekin lok
     
  7. CrystalChick

    CrystalChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice! I think I'll try before the weather gets cool so they can have plenty of space to run if they need!
     

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