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Mixing bantams with standards

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BearSwampChick, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    So if I got 6 bantam chicks from TSC today, would they be okay with the 18 standard heavy layers I'm getting from Mt. Healthy in 3 weeks? Assuming our TSC has bantams, that is.

    Susan
     
  2. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Thats what i just thought about too.. i got some standards in with the bantam eggs. but there was somewhere a thread that said ,theirs didnt have any problems.
     
  3. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    I'm mostly wondering about the difference in age. If I can mix them in right away or have to separate them.
     
  4. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Oregono
    I had a thread about this the other day. Most people said to wait until they were feathered out. I'm going to have some hatching next weekend and plan to try to put them in with my week+ olds. I'll just watch them for a bit, and if there's and funny business, the older chicks are going to sit in the corner. [​IMG]
     
  5. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Well, TSC solved my dilemma for me. They were already out of chicks when I got there! [​IMG] I think I'd better wait for my chicks from Mt. Healthy and not complicate my life any more than necessary. DH breathed a sigh of relief as he doesn't have to step up the coop-building plans. [​IMG]
     
  6. JaneandLizzy

    JaneandLizzy Out Of The Brooder

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    It is not nice to the bantam hens to keep them with standard roos.

    But, while chicks, mine had no problem being together. All of my standards are hens, and they are probably up high in the pecking order, but not rough with the others.

    I know someone who keeps all together: standards, bantams, hens and roos. She looses the hens for some reason, and there fore has a regular increase in the percentage of roos.
     
  7. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    my hubby wont build me a coop. heck he cant put furniture together, but he can lead his soldiers in Kosovo without loosing one go figure.
    I will keep mine together since they are already in the bator together. but i will keep an eye on them, just in case.
     

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