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I live on a small Caribbean island, does anyone know about island chickens?
Chickens run free in the woods over here, and as I don't have access to any farm chicks, the only way for me to start keeping chicken is by capturing some of the wild chicks and putting them into a coop. Would they adjust?

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Chickens adjust very well to new places, but sometimes it takes a little bit of time. Good luck! D

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Lover of chickens and cats!

I have 40 chickens and I love them all! Sadly I have no cats.

"I am not what has happened to me. I am what I choose to become." -Carl Jung

 

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post #3 of 9

We go to Grand Cayman often and I love the feral chickens that hang our everywhere! The roos are stunning and you know they gotta be smart ...I have never seen chicken roadkill, just iguanas. I have always wondered what the original precursor breeds were. Hope you can catch a nice flock!

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I used to live in St Thomas, and chickens were all over (especially where the public dumpsters were).

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post #5 of 9

I used to live in St. Croix and they have feral chickens there too, mostly game crosses. The hens are EXTREMELY protective of their babies and eggs. lau so you might want to try trapping adults and penning them. I think if your birds got loose, they would quickly go wild. That kind of bird is very quick and smart. Did I say smart? Yeah, they are probably smarter than you when it comes to not getting caught. gig They sure are pretty though. What island are you on?

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I live on a 5 square mile island called Saba, with probably more feral chickens than the 1500 or so inhabitants. The wild roosters are indeed beautiful... and very loud.

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Do you think that if I trap a couple of adult hens and keep them in the coop they will lay eggs straight away or will they go in some sort of "shock" from the change and not lay until they settle down and feel safe and comfortable.
In that case I would also need to catch a rooster to have the eggs fertilized.

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Almost all hens that are changed where they live, will quit laying, sometimes for months. Game birds, and cross bred game birds are not known for their consistent egg laying ability. They are more like primitive wild cousins, and often will lay just one clutch, five to a dozen eggs, (not usually a dozen, maybe a half dozen, or eight or so, and set and hatch those, and then be off laying for a few months, and then lay another clutch. If you take their eggs away every day when they are laid, you can sometimes fool them into laying two dozen at a stretch or so, but then they will take a vacation, which could last a few months. Your best bet to catch the hens, is to catch the rooster they are associated with first, and pen him inside a bigger pen. When you feed him he will do the rooster call (cluck cluck cluck) and his girls will come to see what kind of treats he has discovered for them. Then you pull the door shut with a string or something. Hopefully you have a lot of time on your hands. lol You absolutely MUST post photos of your efforts to trap them. It would be most educational, not to mention hilarious reading for the rest of us. I hope you catch some really good ones! Good luck! POST PICS!!!

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Oh man.... This will be my first time with chickens so it sounds a bit more complicated than I was expecting. Maybe I should leave the feral chicks alone for the time being, at least until I know how to handle a chicken, and try to locate domesticated hens or young chicks for sale on a nearby island instead.

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