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New Member and having Bantam Anxiety

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Toots1234, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Toots1234

    Toots1234 New Egg

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    Hi! Love this site and all the wonderful stories, helpful hits and guidance. And boy to I need guidance. I have three Bantam Cochin hens under a year old. The dominate one started crowing about three weeks ago and displaying aggressive behaviors, puffing up chest, pecking me--hard. Now the medium size one has started to crow too. And all have started to peck me, drawing a bit of blood. The two aggressive ones stock my other Reds and attack them, unprovoked! I don't know what to do. They are beautiful hens but complete little buggers. I do have a rooster, thought, not a bantam.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    How positive are you that they are hens?
     
  3. Toots1234

    Toots1234 New Egg

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    Well, I'm new to chickens and all three have the same comb and wattle. They are around 6 months old ( I think), none have layed yet, though, one was "squatting" yesterday, the nicest of the three. When the two others crow it doesn't quit sound right, I giggle every time.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    The bird pictured is a cockerel. [​IMG]
     
  5. Toots1234

    Toots1234 New Egg

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    Oh, really, lovely. Thank you for your help! Well, I wanted a rooster, just not three. I'm gong to hope that the smallest one is hen, her wattle and comb isn't nearly as large as the rest. So, the obvious question is...can I have two Bantam roosters and "possibly" one hen? [​IMG]
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Actually you would need more hens for harmony. Too many males will just overbreed your poor hen , and can physically damage her.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you put up photos at "what breed or gender is this," the folks will be sure to let you know if you have a second rooster, etc.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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