Itty bitty bantams VS my large chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LittleMoon, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. LittleMoon

    LittleMoon Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2011
    I just bought some bantys, very very small, for 35$. I brought them home, all happy until i noticed there size in comparison with the chickens I have currently, which are huge when next to the little hens.
    They are being chased around etc, i have like 14 big chickens such as sex links, australorp, and barred rocks. My rooster is really mean to the hens, he kept running one into the fence until she flew over and i had to put her back in, one even flew up onto the roof and I had to scare it off with a branch and put it back in.
    Should I clip their wings and hope for the best? I have a banty rooster but hes a bit bigger than them also, I dont know what to do. I'm afraid I'll come home and find them dead, I'm scared :( Im currently at school and I didnt have time to let them out of the coop so Im really nervous.
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 12, 2009
    They probably have a better chance out of the coop. I have bantams also and they chase the LF. I won't clip their wings. Hawks love bantams. Mine have gotten away from hawks being able Flo fly.
  3. terryg

    terryg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 5, 2007
    New England
    I've kept small bantam White Leghorns with standard hens for years. There's a few things to do to make it nicer for everyone. First is that the banties like a hiding place. I have the nesting boxes low enough that they can scoot under, but the big birds can't follow. It's where the little ones hang out during bad weather. Have outside roosts in the pen so that they all have space and some can get up off the ground. Feed treats in several places. Have plenty of space! They'll need a minimum of 4 feet interior coop space, and another 8 outside PER hen. If possible, add a second feeder. That should do it, and peace will prevail :)
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My banty hens (and a couple of roosters) are perfectly fine in the flock and coop, but I do have a lot of space for them. They also grew up in the flock... Did you segregate them first, someplace they were able to see and hear each other for a couple of weeks before letting them in with everyone else? I find that helps; just a separate place in the coop, divided off by chicken wire.

    I don't clip anybody's wings for the same reason as already mentioned. Flying is a way for them to protect themselves.
  5. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 20, 2008
    I have a barn filled with bantams and a couple of standard hens. Because the large hens were introduced to the bantam flock, the bantams were the "alpha" chickens and they picked on the big girls! It's hilarious to see a tiny bantam hen chase a big cochin hen.

    If you are introducing bantams to a flock of standard chickens, however, it will be the opposite - as you've already found out. In your case, it probably would be best to give the bantams their own secure coop (secure from predators -- use heavy, stiff hardware cloth wire with smallish holes to keep raccoon paws out; make sure the coop is set in the ground in a way that foxes and skunks can't burrow under and in, cover the top so hawks and other raptors and climbing raccoons and oppossums can't get in, and give them a good weatherproof shelter with roosts).

    I would not clip their wings since flying is their only defense!
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    When they are raised together bantams and standard fowl can generally coexist quite well. When introducing birds to an established flock there are always pecking order problems. When there is a significant size difference those problems become far more serious. Yes, it is quite possible that your present flock may kill the new bantams.

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