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Mixing bantams and "regular" chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NS2A, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. NS2A

    NS2A Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a flock of 15 young bantam chickens. They are all "supposed" to be hens, but were too early to sex according to the lady I got them from. Right now, they are about as big as a quail.

    I have a chance to add 5-10 normal sized hens described as follows:
    Production red from McMurray.
    Blue andalusian
    several mutts (1 white and a few black)
    Black star
    Rhode Island/Production red

    I am told the flock is mellow if that helps. Any ideas on introducing them? Just keep them separate for awhile and hope for the best?
     
  2. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can mix bantams with standard birds. I would put your bantams when they get older nearly full size in a cage and put that in you coop with your standards. I would leave this for several days. Your big birds can check them without the bantams getting hurt. Make sure your coop is big enough for the bantams to get away. Bantams are tough little birds and can fly really well. There is likely to be some pecking issues going on but that is nearly true in all cases when you mix flocks. Wait till the bantams get older and in the meantime keep them separated untill the bantams can defend themselves.
     

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