Standards and Bantams together?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by hypnochyck, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. hypnochyck

    hypnochyck In the Brooder

    Mar 11, 2009
    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.
  2. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    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. [​IMG]
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    My Welsummers, Spitzhaubens get along with my Orp bantams, Amercuana bantam and SSH Bantam....they all get along famously!
  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    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.
  5. Godiva

    Godiva Songster

    May 17, 2007
    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.
  6. backforty

    backforty Chirping

    Oct 29, 2008
    central WI
    Mine get along fine except when foods involved. I have separate feeding spots for banties and the big chicken.
  7. barnwife

    barnwife Songster

    Feb 21, 2009
    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!
  8. moduckman

    moduckman Songster

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    I try to keep them seperated if there are roosters involved. A LF rooster can really hurt your banty hens.

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