Standards and Bantams together?

hypnochyck

In the Brooder
10 Years
Mar 11, 2009
37
0
32
Benicia, CA
Do standard sized hens tend to pick on the bantys? I'm worried that if I get a few of each the little ones will get picked on.
 

Majestic Lane Poultry

Heart Strings Animal Rehoming
11 Years
Feb 9, 2009
2,595
71
236
Mine do fine when they are together. I have Light and Dark Brahma bantams that sometimes run with LF Orpingtons, Brahmas, Wyandottes, Leghorns, & Rocks.

I say...go for it.
 

EweSheep

Flock Mistress
13 Years
Jan 12, 2007
21,908
120
418
Land of Lincoln
My Welsummers, Spitzhaubens get along with my Orp bantams, Amercuana bantam and SSH Bantam....they all get along famously!
 

RockyToggRanch

Songster
11 Years
May 22, 2008
1,712
10
171
Upstate NY
I've tried to let my MF d'uccles join the big kids, but the gentle little roo turns into a maniac who thinks he can take on a brahma roo. They're seperated.
 

Godiva

Songster
12 Years
May 17, 2007
900
14
191
Colorado
I find that if they start out together they seem to do just fine. The little ones learn quickly that they need to get out of the way when a big girl comes by. The one concern is if you have a standard roo with bantie hens. You need to be careful as the roo can break that little girls legs etc if he tries to mate with her. I don't keep my bantie hens with the standard breeds for that reason, but if I didn't have a roo and they all got on I would probably have them all together.
 

barnwife

Songster
10 Years
Feb 21, 2009
530
2
139
central Texas
I have my banties running with standards....Makes for interesting guessing as to what you're gonna hatch out later...but if you want them to breed true you separate the ones you want to breed true from the others.

The only picking problems I have had are the "high strung" personalities vs the ones in "chill mode". The chill ones (no matter the side) tend to get picked on.

The picking only tends to happen in winter when theyre cooped up more, too.

My banty cochin roo (Fluffy) is my top roo, and he weighs less than a third of my other roos! He is the king of the coop, and he is the sweetest brooder, too!

good luck with your flock!
 

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