Will the Isbars pick on my bantams?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Alexandra33, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Okay, so I'm aware it's NOT ideal, but we've decided to whittle down our number of bantams we're getting and attempt to integrate them with our large fowl flock. If it doesn't work out, we'll obviously fix up something else for them as a separate coop. But here's what I was wondering: my mom is receiving her shipment of 4 straight run Blue Isbars on March 8, and if we intend to try and make my bantams their broodermates, is it likely that the Isbars would pick on them? The breed is technically LF, but they are very small at around 3 or 4 pounds. Should I get my bantams a week ahead so they have time to grow a little before the Isbars arrive? Lots of questions for a (hopefully) soon-to-be bantam owner! [​IMG]

    Thanks so much! I really appreciate it,
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    In my experience bantams and large fowl when raised together from chicks develop a workable social structure - frequently with a bantam at the top of the pecking order.
  3. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Overrun With Chickens

    Thank you so much, @sourland ! [​IMG] Your advice is extremely useful to me since I'm new to the whole bantam thing, and pretty much clueless on some matters.

    Last edited: Feb 19, 2016

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