Too big to love?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Bat, Dec 16, 2017.

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  1. Bat

    Bat Chirping

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    ok so here’s a question. We have a flock consisting of a frizzle bantam, 2 polish bantams, a little bantam rooster (true gentleman) and three vorwerk - two hens and a rooster. They’re the youngest but considerably larger (though vorwerk are considered bantam weight) The rooster is probably twice the size of the polish who are now beginning to lay.

    Should I take him out of the equation before he starts thinking to get frisky with anyone or is the size difference ok you think? He’s such a sweet chap and no trouble with anyone but is he a risk to be treading on such small hens? The frizzle bantam is Truly Small though not laying yet.
     
  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    I would only remove him if he is damaging the hens. There are gentlemen rooster and there are demon roosters. Keep the good ones no matter how big they are.
     
  3. PlymouthRockExpert

    PlymouthRockExpert In the Brooder

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    Just letem do his thing! i have 10 full grown plymouth rocks and 3 100_0092 - Edited.jpg tiny little yet full grown bantams and there the bestest of friends! 100_0355.JPG 100_0252 - Edited.jpg
     
  4. featheredplanets

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    Are the cockerels kept separate? I'd be worried more about over mating with 5 hens to two cockerels. However, I haven't seen any terrible accidents with larger cockerels mating smaller hens. Hopefully someone knows more on this.
     
  5. Bat

    Bat Chirping

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    That’s good to hear. He is a really sweet/goofy dude. I was sad thinking I might need to take him to the woods. And the two roosters get along just fine so far.
     
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  6. Bat

    Bat Chirping

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    They’re together but the bantam rooster is a bit of a one-off and gets along great even with chickens and other roosters he’s never met. Supposedly vorwerk are a breed where multiple roosters can coexist so I’m hoping that they can do right. I’ll obviously be monitoring the dynamic closely
     
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  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer

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    I've got a sweet/goofy dude, too. He's huge compared to his hens but the gals love him. So I leave him. The others go to the bachelor pen.
     
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  8. Bat

    Bat Chirping

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    Also that makes me feel a bit better about the 4 roosters I have gotten rid of. It’s easy to tell the difference when you start introducing new members to the flock
     
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  9. PlymouthRockExpert

    PlymouthRockExpert In the Brooder

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    my little guys favorite thing is get held like a baby on his back and getting his belly stroked!:lol: 100_0092 - Edited.jpg
     
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  10. Bat

    Bat Chirping

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    I’m not sure ours would stand for that but he likes jumping up on your shoulders when you’re sitting in the garden and falling asleep on one
     

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