One query that I frequently get asked is, “Can bantams and big hens live together?”
Bantams are tiny hens, no more than about two pounds. A standard-sized hen weighs in at four or more pounds.The worry is that the big hens will shove the little ones around, that the pecking order will never settle down, and that day in and day out the bantams will be harassed.
This could, I suppose, be the case, but it doesn’t have to be. You can have a peaceful mixed flock, it just takes adjusting the environment for the hens’ needs.
Bantams tend to be quicker and flightier than their more earthbound cousins. Provide them with outside and inside roosts so that they can separate themselves from the bossy big girls. Also, if the nesting boxes are hung about 6 inches off of the ground, the bantams can go under to hide out, and the large hens can’t reach them. Make sure that food and water dispensers are hung so that there are no corners that the banties get trapped in. And, as always, give the chickens an interesting environment so that there are things to think about other than how jealous the hens are of each other.
Do that and you will have this.
Sweet, isn’t it?