Is it safe to put a single bantam with a bunch of standards?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by cicene mete, May 13, 2009.

  1. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have six adults standard pullets. I also have 7 4-week-old chicks. One of the chicks is an OEGB. I have not yet begun integrating the chicks with the adults, obviously. I'll begin that process when they are about eight weeks old. But my question is, will the OEGB ever be safe as the only bantam in a flock of 12 other adult birds (all female)?
     
  2. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    Just watch them at first. She will probably be OK. I used to have a tiny little bantam hen that was the master of the flock, and they were all a lot bigger than her.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    My only bantam(Cochin) is in a flock of 33 standards. She does really well, actually. At the moment, she is broody and sitting on five jumbo eggs, LOL. She is a tough little thing and has never had a real problem fending for herself amongst the giants.
     
  4. cicene mete

    cicene mete Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. In a way I guess I'm happy she's a OEGB and not something more docile. I hope she can hold her own. It would be hilarious to see her running the flock [​IMG].
     
  5. lorihadams

    lorihadams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have red sexlinks, an EE, and barred rocks and my only roo is a Japanese Bantam black tailed buff. He thinks he is THE MAN!!! Just watch them at first and I would say that you shouldn't have a problem.
     
  6. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    Our banty's were always the boss of everyone else...I would not worry much!
     
  7. Tanichca

    Tanichca Sparkle Magnet

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    same here! my bantam phoenix ammorette rules the roost!
     
  8. thetinleys

    thetinleys Out Of The Brooder

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    I rescued a bantum in front of where I work and put her in the flock, she does just fine. Now when I bring babies in, she becomes queen bee...She is laying just fine like the rest and does get cranky if she is brooding. She also knows she is very spoiled. I feed her on her own perch and put her to bed at night lol:lau
     

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