Mixing Bantams with other chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kargo, May 8, 2009.

  1. kargo

    kargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2009
    I'm a new chicken owner, and a newbie here. I'll give some backround info. before I ask my question.

    I have 3 3-week-old chicks. 2 are white Leghorns, and the other is a RIR.

    Next in line are the 3 chicks that are about 2-weeks-old. 2 are RIRs. The other is a Black Sex Link.

    The smallest are 2 little Bantams. They are 3 days old.
    Their names are as follows:
    Kasie- 3-week-old RIR. She seems to be at the top of the pecking order. Every new chick is pecked once by here before it is allowed by her to be with the others. Kasie doesn't hurt any of the babies, but she does maintain authority.
    Anna & Fuzzworth (Fuzzy)- 3-week-old White leghorns. Anna has one dark spot of yellow on her forehead, and Fuzzy has two.
    Lily- 2-week-old Black Sex Link. (Where did this breed name orginate?) She is the smallest of the six oldest chicks.
    Sarah & Nikki- 2-week-old RIRs. Sarah is very darkly colored and a day or two older. Nikki is very lightly colored.
    Amanda- 3-day-old Bantam. The woman at the store said they were not specific chicks, but I read online that Bantams come in may differents breeds. Amanda has fuzzy feet and one black spot on her head. She is brown.
    Kelly- 3-day-old Bantam. She is light brown with a dark arrow on her head and down her back.

    Kasie, Anna, Fuzzy, Sarah, Lily, and Nikki live in my dog's old cage until they are old enough to go outside.
    Kelly and Amanda live in a pet travel crate.

    When I got the Bantams, the woman who sold them to us said that our big chickens would peck them to death. Consequently, I have separated them.

    Now, for my question. Today I noticed several minutes after putting Kelly and Amanda away, I went to check on them. I found Kelly in the other cage with the bigger chicks. To do this, she had to squeeze out the tiny Pet Taxi bars and walk to the other side of my room, then squeeze into the other cage. I found it odd, but put her back in her own cage. The next time I checked, she had done it again. So for about 45 minutes (I checked in about every 5) I allowed her and Amanda to stay with the older chicks. I did not notice any signs that looked aggressive on the part of the big chicks. I did, however, note that Amanda has taken a fascination in pecking the Leghorns. I just put the younger two back in their cage for the night, draping a towel over them. Hopefully this will disourage them from leaving their cage when I cannot monitor them.

    What shall I do? The Bantams really want the company of the older chicks. I don't think my chicks would hurt each other, but other people seem to think so. I'm not sure how to keep the Bantams from leaving their cage even if I have to. I want them to be happy, too. Advice?
  2. peepinglaura

    peepinglaura Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    My bantams and regulars get along just fine. Never had a problem. Maybe it's because they have loads of room to roam, but they are of mixed age and size and do great together.

  3. kargo

    kargo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2009
    Hmm....I kind of wonder if that lady knew what she was talking about. In the morning I'll talk to my mom and see if we can move Amanda and Kelly in with th others.
  4. Raz'sRoost

    Raz'sRoost Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    I too am new to this. Started w/ 10 regulars and 2 bantams. When I first put them together the smallest bantam pecked at all the larger birds for a couple minutes (letting them know who's boss?). After that they all get along just fine!

    Just watch em for a bit and good luck:D
  5. carey34

    carey34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southern NH
    I have 2 couple day old bantams in with a few 2-3 week old standard chicks. I just watched them for a while and made sure no one got aggressive and made sure they let them get food and water. They are all perfectly happy together. Good Luck!

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