Uh Ohh...I think I screwed up :/

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Happy Dawg, May 20, 2007.

  1. Happy Dawg

    Happy Dawg In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2007
    I have 6 chicks ranging from 7-5 weeks. The oldest are a light Brahma and Deleware, Then my red sexlink, and Jersey giant. The youngest "were" my silkies. My little flock gets along so well and are very happy chicks.
    And now I think I may be screwing that up. I brought home 3 two week old Banties, two are cochan and one 5 day old blk silkie that is the same size of the banties.
    Did I screw up big time??? Will I be able to put them together some day???? Are the Banties just going to be to small? *sigh* I dont want to have to tell DH that he will have to build another coop :|
    My plan is to put their cage in the coop under the light so the other girls can see them. We have a very roomy set up. I will be able to free range them when the time comes to introduce them without the cage inbetween them [​IMG] .
    If I could have just resisted... YA RIGHT!![​IMG]
    Can this work? Or did I jinx myself?
  2. Hotwings

    Hotwings Songster

    Jan 27, 2007
    southwestern Michigan
    You can mix bantams with standards. You be surprised how resilient bantams can be, they can free range just as good as the big birds. Freebie(my best bud) has 5 mille fleur hens and they have been with the big birds for over a year now. Check out my post Adios Jack and you will see the bantams right along with her rooster Jack, it is located in the general discussion area.
  3. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    We have 14 "standard size hens" and 3 little banties. every once in a while it looks like the banties are getting picked on then the next time you look the banties are chasing the big birds. So dont worry about it they can hold their own just fine.
  4. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    I have a standard black orpington, who's probably about 35cm at the head, and a lavender araucana cross, who's about 20cm at the head.

    They get on fine together, although I think the orpington is in command.

    However, your older chicks should now be starting to move onto grower feed, whereas the younger chicks need chick starter and heat for at least the next month, so they will have to be kept separated for that long.
  5. Happy Dawg

    Happy Dawg In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2007
    I am keeping them seperated until the banties are bigger, but will let them see each other. Right now the banties are in my bathroom.
    My oldest chicks are 7 weeks almost 8, the youngest are 5 almost 6 (silkies) they are all together and doing great. They are on chick starter until 16 weeks then I will switch over to a layer feed. I feed the babys a 50/50 mix of chick starter and baby chick scratch for the first 2 weeks to help them from getting pastie bums.
    My biggest concern is the banties getting picked on.
    Im really liking these "girls"[​IMG] . One in particular is extra sweet. I might be returning one though, it had me up a 2am chirpping its little heart out louder than any of the other chicks I have had....I mean LOUD. Kinda like what a roo might do ??
    My girls are all getting along so well Im just worried I might not have that harmonious flock any longer by adding the new chicks, but I want them ALL [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ya know I never ever thought I would get this into chicks [​IMG]
    Im just kicking myself for not getting the frizzles!
  6. Whirlwind

    Whirlwind Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Tuttle, Oklahoma
    I also have standard and bantams. They are all in the same coop and run. I have 3 barred rocks @ 7lbs each. 2 Golden comets, @4.5lbs each and 2 Bantams @2.5 to 3lbs each. All are fully grown. The get along very well. In fact my bantam Belle is the boss over all of the Barred rocks. It is so funny she is so much smaller. But older, wiser and meaner. Good luck with your chickies.

    PS. Where do you get your baby chick scratch?
  7. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Hi. I have Bantams mixed with standards. Like other people have said, bantams are tough and will stand up for themselves.

    My Japanese roo thinks he rules the roost. [​IMG] I do separate him out during breeding season because then the bigger roos are serious about girls and won't put up with him and he doesn't back down. During fall and winter, when the boys really aren't interested in girls, everyone is housed together and no one fights.
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    I have standard and bantam chicks mixed right now in a huge brooder pen. Range in age from 4 weeks to 6 days. Everyone gets along fine.

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