Single Bantam with full size flock?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicknerd, May 24, 2010.

  1. chicknerd

    chicknerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    I have 11 chicks and 1 appears to be a bantam. The rest will be full size. All but 1 of the other chicks are friendly or at least tolerant of the bantam. Is it fair to the bantam to keep it in my flock or would it be nicer to get another bantam so they have a like friend? Or is it better to remove the bantam (breeder says they will take it back if I want.).

    I love the little bantam and I really want to keep it. I just want to be fair to it.

    Thoughts???

    deb
     
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    Have they been raised together?


    I have my GSH, which is a bantam, in with my EE, RIR, SLW, 2 BJG's and 2 Light Brahmas and she is just fine. She actually intimidates most of the bigger ones.
     
  3. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I think they'll be fine if they're raised together. Bantams are little, but they think they're big! LOL
     
  4. Maine-ly

    Maine-ly Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine does just great with the other girls. We started with 2, but natural selection has taken one away [​IMG] My lone bantem, "Kung-Fu Panda", has turned out to be the boss. Big personality!
     
  5. Neilette

    Neilette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll be fine together. The chickens don't know their size! My Showgirl is best friends with my Australorp! And my Showgirl is one of the highest on the pecking order! [​IMG]
     
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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  7. chicknerd

    chicknerd Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all your comments. I feel more relaxed (my first time with chicks). The oldest of the group is 8 weeks and I think the bantam is about 4 weeks and got introduced with 4 others over the weekend. Today is a much better day than yesterday. No pecking at all and the two groups are intermingling.

    I will keep him or her and not worry! I read bantam roos are great so maybe I will get lucky!

    deb
     
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    They are usually fine if raised together,,
    BUT..my only concern would be a full sized roo hurting her while mating....
     

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