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I live in the Central Kalahari Desert in Botswana and am starting up with chickens for the first time.  I chose Venda chickens for the obvious reason that they are really tough and our climate is brutal.  I brought 18 eggs over from Kwazulu Natal, South Africa on a two day journey and four chicks hatched.  I raised them in the yellowwood kist we got for our wedding gift from my mum :)  Good plan.  It was a bit like raising a baby, always listenings for the little chirps and checking that the sleeping chicks that looked thoroughly dead were still alive.  The gender?  Two cockerels and two hens :) They are now in something of a Rolls Royce Lodge with a great run that's protected like Fort Knox.  We have a very wide variety of creatures who would love to stack on a chicken, tawny eagle, goshawks, leopard, honey badger (big problem), mongoose, wild cat, genet and caracal.  We made the coop snake proof as well as we have 4 metre mambas and 2 plus metre snouted cobra that roam about.  They are now five weeks old, growing at one hell of rate and strong as as a Venda :) Longer term, whilst maintaining a seperate Venda flock, I am keen to cross them with another indigenous African variety, the Koekoek.  This was created from Leghorn, Barred Plymouth and Black Australorp.  It's a great dual purpose bird but the hens are not especially broody.  Perhaps the finest feature of the Venda is its broodiness but they only average 159 eggs a year.  That''s the plan.....

 

Intel(R) IPP JPEG encoder [7.1.37466] - Sep 25 2012;

:welcome  it sure sounds like you need a "Fort Knox" coop where you are!

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I'm posting to subscribe, but I really hope your chickens have survived thus far!! Pics please if so. They are a wonderful looking breed💖
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