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Standard and Bantam chicks.....when to put together??????

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by flygilmore, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. flygilmore

    flygilmore In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2016
    I've got 15 standard pullets of various breeds....(Rhode Island, Partridge Rock, All Stars and Auracanas). I've also got a mix of 13 Bantam breeds which are also male/female. Both groups are about 3wks old now. The standards are 3x the size of the Bantams. I'm hoping that they will all get along. I've made a 10x10 coop and will have a large run. At what point can I put them together and any tips/pointers etc?
    Right now they are in separate brooders in my basement.

    Thanks for your help!!!!!!

  2. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Songster

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    Well, I separated my chicks by size like you did. As the bantams started flying out of their brooder, I'd throw them into the big brooder and watch. The pecking was minimal, brief, and the little guys were nimble enough to get away from it.

    Moved a group of standards outside last week as they were starting to fly out of the brooder. A majority of the rest of the chicks will join them today, including the bantams (some feathered in slower). There is a lot more to occupy attentions outside, so not worried.
  3. 0wen

    0wen Songster

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    I brood bantams and LF together from day 1 and have never had an issue. Getting small shipments of both (6 LF, 7 Bantam) this eek actually and will brood them together again. Most of my LF are smaller breeds (barnyard mix of cream legbar, olive eggers, hamburgh) but I do have an orpington thrown in the mix with my leghorn & sumatra bantams. I check them when I feed and water and might take a look every now and then but don't go out of my way to hover over the brooder.
  4. flygilmore

    flygilmore In the Brooder

    Apr 11, 2016
    Ok, I really appreciate the advice. I anxiously awaiting to finish up my coop and get these birds outside. It's going to have to get a bit warmer though before that happens. It's still in the upper 30's to upper 40's at night here still. I'll be running at least 2 heat lamps whenever I do move them outside into the coop.

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