Is it ok to have large fowl and bantams together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by roxyanddutches, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. roxyanddutches

    roxyanddutches Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 6, 2013
    I have a Dutch bantam pullet and a Plymouth barred rock roo. Is it safe to have them together??
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013
  2. roxyanddutches

    roxyanddutches Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 6, 2013
    Please let me know ASAP I am afraid my boy is going to hurt her
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2013
  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    Is it just those 2 together? I would say if it is just the two of them you would want to keep them apart. He is much bigger than her and if he is constantly trying to breed her he could do some real damage. I have a bantam in with my flock of full size and the rooster and she is just fine he doesn't try to mate her he has plenty of full size for that. But I would not leave a full size rooster solo with a bantam hen.
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    x2 She will be his only hen to mate and he may injure her.

    She would be happier if you added about 10 other large fowl hens for him to mate with- but the large fowl hens may bully her, especially if they are all friends and she is the odd one out. Or, you could get her a bantam friend and just keep him separate. Chickens get very lonely though. He would like a buddy too.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Yes, he's quite likely to injure her.
  6. One Chick Two

    One Chick Two Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2013
    Hi! Sounds like you have been given some great advice here. Here's my two cents:

    We have 3 tiny OEGB hens with 1 OEGB roo in with 81 PRIR (15 cockerels) and a huge Partridge Cochin cockerel. For us, this situation works.

    The OEGB hens do get bullied occasionally by the much larger and more active fowl as the banty girls seem to be more passive in their nature. However, those bantys run circles around the PRIR except at treat time (lol), and can escape into tiny spaces to get away, and also fly very well upwards without much prep time, unlike PRIR or the Cochin cockerel, who is a completely docile marshmellow, and hasn't even pecked anyone else.

    The tiny OEGB roo (1 lb who thinks he's 10 lbs) is top bird of the flock (go figure. lol), and he is gentlemanly and protective of his tiny girls, chasing away the PRIR cockerels who try to mate the Tiny sisters occasionally. Even though once an 8 lb cockerel has jumped on the back of a 10 oz banty hen, the Banty roo knocked them off by running up and chest bumping them off, then giving chase, so, we haven't had any of the hens obviously damaged, just a few pecks to their combs and neck feathers missing.

    In your situation, I might consider getting some more standard sized hens that he can mate, and perhaps at least another little banty pullet friend for her so she isn't the only banty to lessen any bullying to her. Our Banty girls hang around together all the time, but they have two other PRIR hens that makes up Banty's harem as well. This smaller subgroup seems happy about this arrangement, and even sleep together on the roost. Banty roo is also protective about his much larger red girls as well. The only real issue I've watched for these days is eating... the PRIR graze like land piranas, and bantys take their time to eat, so they can get pushed out of eating huddles for treats. So we always try to check craws to make sure everyone has had enough.

    But, please make sure you quarantine any new birds for a few weeks in a separate area before putting them all together for health precautions.
  7. roxyanddutches

    roxyanddutches Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 6, 2013
    Hello, today I gave my friend my boy. I am very upset bit know it is best for the both of them. I am getting a new hen for her today. I already miss him. [​IMG].
    I just talked with this guy and he seemed ligit would either of these breeds go well with my bantam?? Thanks!!
  8. Chicka and Co

    Chicka and Co Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2014
    No, its probably not very safe to have them together.

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