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Madagascar Game Chickens??

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I have a few questions if anyone can answer them, thanks.

1.)How easy are they to raise and keep?

2.)Do the hens fight with other hens(can hens be keep to gether)?

3.)Are they aggressive towards people?

4.)Can the roosters be keep together when they are babies?

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th  You mean there's someone else out there into these super rare, amazing, and truly unique birds? I hope you're looking for the true ones, not the Hatchery-bred Turken hybrids. wink

Well, I've never had them myself, but I hear a lot of things and read up on them a lot. I myself really want to add them to my slowly growing collection of Gamefowl, however, they're not as hardy, and I'll need to be completely prepared in this mild, rather cold and rainy climate.

1.)How easy are they to raise and keep? I hear from people that they often give up on the breed due to its lack of genetic diversity in the US and also because of its cold intolerance. I'd say if you live in a generally warm, or better yet, a hot environment, - Or have a place for it that is usually hot, then you're fine. Otherwise they're not too tolerant of temp changes, windy areas, and cold.

2.)Do the hens fight with other hens(can hens be keep to gether)?
Yes they can be kept together, however like a lot of other gamefowl things can happen, and it is best you keep an eye out for signs of disagreement. If they have a good space to roam around, you'll have less issues.

3.)Are they aggressive towards people? Not at all! They're extremely loyal, friendly, and calm. Consider that the breed originates in very poor villages in Madagascar where all people had was their bare hands and little clothing to handle these birds. Same goes for any other gamefowl - They're very much like pets!

4.)Can the roosters be keep together when they are babies? When they are chicks, yes. When they get their hormones coming in after a couple months, no. It goes for just about all gamefowl - If they have room to roam; a free ranging environment, you will have less chances of aggression if you keep them at distanced groups. Otherwise, they will fight to the death.

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post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Illia 

th  You mean there's someone else out there into these super rare, amazing, and truly unique birds? I hope you're looking for the true ones, not the Hatchery-bred Turken hybrids. wink

Well, I've never had them myself, but I hear a lot of things and read up on them a lot. I myself really want to add them to my slowly growing collection of Gamefowl, however, they're not as hardy, and I'll need to be completely prepared in this mild, rather cold and rainy climate.

1.)How easy are they to raise and keep? I hear from people that they often give up on the breed due to its lack of genetic diversity in the US and also because of its cold intolerance. I'd say if you live in a generally warm, or better yet, a hot environment, - Or have a place for it that is usually hot, then you're fine. Otherwise they're not too tolerant of temp changes, windy areas, and cold.

2.)Do the hens fight with other hens(can hens be keep to gether)?
Yes they can be kept together, however like a lot of other gamefowl things can happen, and it is best you keep an eye out for signs of disagreement. If they have a good space to roam around, you'll have less issues.

3.)Are they aggressive towards people? Not at all! They're extremely loyal, friendly, and calm. Consider that the breed originates in very poor villages in Madagascar where all people had was their bare hands and little clothing to handle these birds. Same goes for any other gamefowl - They're very much like pets!

4.)Can the roosters be keep together when they are babies? When they are chicks, yes. When they get their hormones coming in after a couple months, no. It goes for just about all gamefowl - If they have room to roam; a free ranging environment, you will have less chances of aggression if you keep them at distanced groups. Otherwise, they will fight to the death.


chickens are loyal!?!? could you please describe this in chickens?


Edited by punky rooster - 12/5/10 at 3:12pm
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Oriental Gamefowl and Madagascar Game are loyal in the sense that they will not run away, get flighty or skittish, or object to anything you do with them. They love following their owner around like a puppy dog, love to be handled, and don't get spooked or distracted like other chickens. For example, if you pick one up, it will not try and spook, kick, and fly off like others. Of course, not all chickens are like this, but gamefowl are more tame in cases than other varieties/breeds of chickens.

Often if you notice, a normal hen will behave and look around like her brain is flitting from one thing to the next all the time, and she'll often object to you touching her or approaching her. . . They aren't like that. They have a good attention span, aren't so hyper about things, and of course. . . They also don't make obnoxious "egg songs" like other birds.

Oh and in a free ranging environment, they're a lot more intelligent about things, and of course can fend off predators much better than other varieties of chickens. And, added on, they're very broody and super moms.

There's a reason why small villages and poor communities usually have gamefowl over production breeds. wink (besides for fighting. . .)

Araucanas, Polish, Shamos, Olive Eggers, and a handful of Finn Sheep, Wensleydale Sheep, Gotland Sheep, Kinder Goats, a Yak, and various rare breed Turkeys, Ducks, and Pigs.

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Originally Posted by Illia 

Oriental Gamefowl and Madagascar Game are loyal in the sense that they will not run away, get flighty or skittish, or object to anything you do with them. They love following their owner around like a puppy dog, love to be handled, and don't get spooked or distracted like other chickens. For example, if you pick one up, it will not try and spook, kick, and fly off like others. Of course, not all chickens are like this, but gamefowl are more tame in cases than other varieties/breeds of chickens.

Often if you notice, a normal hen will behave and look around like her brain is flitting from one thing to the next all the time, and she'll often object to you touching her or approaching her. . . They aren't like that. They have a good attention span, aren't so hyper about things, and of course. . . They also don't make obnoxious "egg songs" like other birds.

Oh and in a free ranging environment, they're a lot more intelligent about things, and of course can fend off predators much better than other varieties of chickens. And, added on, they're very broody and super moms.

There's a reason why small villages and poor communities usually have gamefowl over production breeds. wink (besides for fighting. . .)


OH ok
which other breeds would you consider loyal?

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post #6 of 9

I recently purchased a few chickens from an auction, do you believe these are Madagascar Game Fowl, or pretty close? if you would have to rate them how "pure" would you rate them? I paid 7 dollars each for them, what is the normal going rate? ie how  much would you ask for them?

 

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A prior service military couple trying to wing it on a micro farm with silkies, showgirls and a call duck.

In the incubator: None

In the brooder: 7 chicks under 2 broodys

DH breeding Coop: 2Blk hens, 1 blu and spalsh hen, 1blu sg roo

White Coop: 1 Silkie roo, 4 Bowtied Sg Roos, 5 Silkie Hens, 2 SG hens

 

Please, call me Rae.

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A prior service military couple trying to wing it on a micro farm with silkies, showgirls and a call duck.

In the incubator: None

In the brooder: 7 chicks under 2 broodys

DH breeding Coop: 2Blk hens, 1 blu and spalsh hen, 1blu sg roo

White Coop: 1 Silkie roo, 4 Bowtied Sg Roos, 5 Silkie Hens, 2 SG hens

 

Please, call me Rae.

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post #7 of 9

Bump :P

A prior service military couple trying to wing it on a micro farm with silkies, showgirls and a call duck.

In the incubator: None

In the brooder: 7 chicks under 2 broodys

DH breeding Coop: 2Blk hens, 1 blu and spalsh hen, 1blu sg roo

White Coop: 1 Silkie roo, 4 Bowtied Sg Roos, 5 Silkie Hens, 2 SG hens

 

Please, call me Rae.

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A prior service military couple trying to wing it on a micro farm with silkies, showgirls and a call duck.

In the incubator: None

In the brooder: 7 chicks under 2 broodys

DH breeding Coop: 2Blk hens, 1 blu and spalsh hen, 1blu sg roo

White Coop: 1 Silkie roo, 4 Bowtied Sg Roos, 5 Silkie Hens, 2 SG hens

 

Please, call me Rae.

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post #8 of 9

I suggest you pm saladin, who is a member here. He has a working knowledge of these fowl and, I believe, has a few of them...........Pop

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In God We Trust

Siyah Rampuri Asil, White Chinese, Emden, and African Geese, Guineas, a Rottweiler (Bella), and a Yellow Lab (Booger). Fifty five years with chickens and still learning.

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post #9 of 9

I am very interested in your madagascar rooster as i recently lost my cock to the pair i had and my daughter is wanting another.  Is there any way you would sell you madagascar rooster or direct me to the person you got yours from.  I have cash in hand and will send it immedietly  please email me at gayheartbrandon@yahoo.com

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