Roo mating Banties

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Armageddon, May 20, 2010.

  1. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    I have 16 chickens and 1 roo. Mister was a "hen" that turned out a roo, which is fine. He was raised with 14 of the girls, they are 14 weeks old. Mister has just come into his own. Started crowing recently and a few days ago I noticed he was trying to mate with my two banty hens, they are so small compared to him. [​IMG]

    The banties are older not sure of their age, they have been laying for several months. Mister only seems interested in mating them, last night he even slept in their "coop" first time ever, he usually sleeps with the girls he was hatched with.....

    The banties dont look bad (yet) but it seems (sounds) like he hurts them. The Banties... up until a few days ago were at the top of the pecking order....but not now, the Roo definately is

    Is there any issue with him mating them? I can't believe these chicken antics and how things change....

    Oh and if it's okay for him to mate long before their eggs are fertile???

    Thanks all....
  2. Panhanle RIR

    Panhanle RIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    Texas County, Oklahoma
    My Friend has Several Mille Fluer D'Uccle Bantys and they are all hens who have an EE roo a RIR roo and a Leghorn roo they mate with
  3. Panhanle RIR

    Panhanle RIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    Texas County, Oklahoma
    Quote:Infact i have a Roo and Hen from her that are leghorn/D'Uccle
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I'm worried about the same thing. I have one standard (EE) rooster and 8 grown up standard pullets of various breeds, and have added 2 Wellsummers, a BR, and a bantam cochin. They're about 4 months old now. Have 4 more chicks in the brooder, about 6 wks old, which are all bantams.

    I don't want FLATTENED (or injured) banties; they're already midget chickens.
  5. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I have some tiny bantam cochins and a standard ee roo. Two of the bantams seem to be his favorites - they're losing feathers on their backs and heads. They're fine though - he doesn't hurt them at all.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If he is mating the bantams, their eggs are fertile now. Depending on how large he is and how small they are, yes he can injure them. If you have ever seen the damage a rooster can do to a standard hen with his toenails or spurs, just imagine what he could do to a bantam.
  7. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    I don't let my standard roos mate with the banties - it can seriously hurt them. Once my big Orpington roo tried to mate with my little Old English Game Hen, he'd pinned one of her wings and was standing on it and holding it at an odd angle trying to balance on her back and she was screaming! He couldn't get their parts to line up because he was crushing her into the dirt, but he kept trying. I rescued her and she recovered, but I wasn't taking any more chances. I moved all the banties to a seperate pen.

    If you want banty/standard crosses, cross a banty roo with standard girls. Now that's comical - watching the contortions he has to put himself through to get the parts to line up and if the girls don't want to deal with him, they just get up and walk away - with him on their back. [​IMG]
  8. emvickrey

    emvickrey ChowDown Silkie Farm

    Mar 5, 2009
    Hornbeak, Tennessee
    Quote:I know what your talking about. I had a splash orphington hen that ws huge. She could have passed for a turkey dressed out. My only rooster at the time was a bantam long tail. It was hilarious when he decided to give it a try. There is no way he could have completed the job but it was funny to see. She just walked around like he wasn't even there while he was giving it his best shot. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    This is my Thor (a LF brahma) with Maggie (my accidental bantam brahma):


    In two years Thor has never hurt her by mating. The worse she has gotten is some mussed up feathers, but even my big girls get that from time to time. Of course I could just have an exceptionally gentle roo....
  10. Mrs. Fluffy Puffy

    Mrs. Fluffy Puffy Fluffy Feather Farm

    Jan 26, 2010
    Texas, Panhandle
    I only have standard EE chickens, but somehow I got a Bantam EE hen! lol And my bantam roos breed my standard hens ... [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 21, 2010

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