Will they live together?? Help!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Iancurrannacearca, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Iancurrannacearca

    Iancurrannacearca Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 27, 2009
    Will bantams and regular hens live together??? [​IMG] [​IMG]
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    Yes they sure will. [​IMG]
  3. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Usually, yes. For the most part, bantams can fly a bit to get away from the standards until pecking order is established.......
  4. farmergal

    farmergal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 21, 2008
    Nor Cal
    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.
  5. TexasVet

    TexasVet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    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
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:I would tend to agree. I can't imagine subjecting a bantam hen to my 13 lb. LF brahma roo.

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