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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:12 am 
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for a new chicken flock are there actually significant cons to mixing bantams with full sized hens (only)? the only things I can think of is height of feed/water and roost size if its curved
We're looking at docile, less broody, regular laying, non flighty birds on the smaller side (e.g. if australorp, bantam). depending on whats available, loads of interesting breeds (and perhaps crosses) - barnevelder (straight and cross) and araucana crosses and a heap of possible bantams (rir, australorp, langshan, d'anvers...)
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:06 pm 
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If you have enough room then there should be no problems mixing birds of different sizes.

The only thing to avoid would be putting ISA Browns (or similar) in with really woossy and defenceless birds like Silkies. ISAs can be pretty nasty to other hens. But you are not planning on doing that.

I have only got two chooks (they have about 3sq m per hen in their coop) and one is a bantam, the other a large chook. The bantam is very much the boss! They both get on well.

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I have bantam faverolles and a mix of large breeds (including big Sussex) all in one flock with no more problems than any other flock. The little birds Re sometimes picked on a bit but they are much faster than the heavier birds and run away if they cant handle it. The bantams are mixed through the flock in terms of pecking order - they are not on the bottom.

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