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Bantam Rooster Question

 
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Hi Permie Friends and Chicken Enthusiasts!

This spring, my husband and I started our brand new flock of 6 hens. (2 Ameraucana, 2 Barred Rock, 2 Silver Laced Wyandottes) We have discussed the pros and cons of having a rooster in the flock, but are still unsure what would be best for us in our situation. We live in a suburban area on a quarter acre plot. Our neighbors are close. Town rules say we are allowed to have a rooster, but we also don't want to cause any noise issues with our (very close) neighbors.  

This leads us to pose these questions:
Are there any fundamental differences (behavioral, noise level, etc etc) in bantam roosters compared to the typical full-sized rooster?
What are the advantages (if any) of having a bantam rooster?
Will a bantam rooster work well with full sized hens?

If any of you have experience with this particular situation, I'd love to hear from you! Thank you in advance!

Best,
Christopher

 
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Hi, Christopher

Why a rooster?
Why a Bantam?

From what I understand a Bantam rooster can fertilize eggs of regular size hens though they may have poor results or no results.

So if you want to increase the size of your flock a regular size rooster would be better.
 
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Do you actually need a rooster at all?  The hens will lay eggs just fine without one.  

Personally I don't really like the sound of a bantam rooster crowing - they sound silly and high pitched to me.  I prefer a full, deep-voiced crow.  
 
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I think a banty rooster would be a great choice for living close to others... I don't have to worry about the noise/neighbor issue and keep a full size roo, I love keeping a rooster with my girls and IF I had to keep peace with neighbors I'd try a bantam. Someone close has a bantam roo and a standard roo and I almost never hear the bantams crow. If it is very quiet and still I'll hear him, but I hear the big guy a lot.
 
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I have two bantams. One crows a lot and the other is quieter. Noise level is more dependent on breed and personality than size.
 
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Anne Miller wrote:Hi, Christopher

Why a rooster?
Why a Bantam?

From what I understand a Bantam rooster can fertilize eggs of regular size hens though they may have poor results or no results.

So if you want to increase the size of your flock a regular size rooster would be better.



Hi Anne,

Thanks so much for your input.

We aren't 100% committed to getting a rooster. We could certainly accomplish our goals of eggs and meat without one.

A friend of mine said that she has experienced the same thing you mention: low or no fertilization with bantam roosters and full sized hens. This is one of the bigger reasons we would want a rooster, so I guess bantam roosters would not be a good fit for our situation.

 
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I absolutely love my bantam rooster but I wouldn’t say he’s quieter. I do have a bantam/Java mix that is around 11 lbs. He is quite frankly the best rooster I’ve ever seen. He has a small harem of 4 to 5 hens and will protect them at all costs. And his male offspring will be decent meat birds although not as heavy as a “broiler”. He keeps my girls as safe as possible in a free range situation. Quiet he is not.
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Jessica Chambers wrote:I absolutely love my bantam rooster but I wouldn’t say he’s quieter. I do have a bantam/Java mix that is around 11 lbs. He is quite frankly the best rooster I’ve ever seen. He has a small harem of 4 to 5 hens and will protect them at all costs. And his male offspring will be decent meat birds although not as heavy as a “broiler”. He keeps my girls as safe as possible in a free range situation. Quiet he is not.



Wow! Thanks for your input, Jessica!

The photo is great! It took me a second to see the diamond back rattler in the lower left hand corner! Yikes!
 
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Cool huh? She was trapped in wire. A relocator came and got her she was unharmed.
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