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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Iancurrannacearca, Feb 12, 2009.
Will bantams and regular hens live together???
Yes they sure will.
Usually, yes. For the most part, bantams can fly a bit to get away from the standards until pecking order is established.......
I just integrated 3 partridge silkies into my LF flock of 35 chickens (and 3 guineas) about a week ago. I put them in at night, and gave them a place to hide -- a lug bin tipped on its side, placed in the corner... they spent several days hiding (and scratching around the coop when the other chickens were were out foraging)... but yesterday and today they've started hanging out in the yard too.
I've only seen one fight between the silkie rooster and another rooster -- on the very first day -- and it was really quick. I half think the other chickens look at them, think "what the %$*# is that thing? can't be a chicken, must be a dust bunny" and continue on their way.
I wouldn't do it unless you're only keeping bantam roosters. Big roosters always go after the easiest target, which is usually a bantam. My poor girls got to where they would't even come off the roost for fear of being nailed.
The bantam roo, on the other hand, had no problem mating with the larger hens. If they were in the mood, they'd get down to his level so he could mount. It's really funny to watch.
Kathy in Texas
Quote:I would tend to agree. I can't imagine subjecting a bantam hen to my 13 lb. LF brahma roo.