You probably already have them, but I ordered some from Purely Poultry and plan on keeping a picture log of how they turn out. I'm new to this chicken thing, but got the fever bad after getting my kids some chicks at Tractor Supply. Like many newbies I got on the web and came across pics of the Mythical Saipan Jungle Fowl and ordered some. I realize after reading many posts here and other sites that they are truly Mythical. Never the less, I'll take pics and post. I'll let the experts be the judge as to what the really are. Good luck on your quest!
Thanks! I can't wait to see your pictures. I have done a bit of research and talked to a good many people and have discovered that hatchery-stock Saipans are not all they're said to be. Many times they are crossed with common barnyard breeds so that their egg-laying is better. This is a shame to the Saipan bloodline and ruins the overall look of the bird.
However, since Saipans are not totally like normal Orientals, they are easier to breed and hatchery Saipans are not always bad. If the pics on Cackle Hatchery's website are of Cackle's stock, then for a hatchery they have some impressive birds. However, most hatchery Saipans only reach like 6-9 pounds at max when the real-deal is supposed to reach a whopping 13+.
I haven't seen pics of Purely Poultry's Saipans so I hope that yours turn out better than most. Purely Poultry is a "middle-man" hatchery and as far as I know they get every single bird from other places, whether breeders or other hatcheries.
If you want the purest Saipans, try visiting Ultimatefowl Forum. Though I personally prefer BYC, Ultimatefowl is the main hub for game-chicken breeders and there are a couple/few Saipan breeders on there.However, purebred Saipans are extremely rare, so if you want them you may have to pay some very steep prices for them.
Hope your birds turn out well, and keep me updated with photos!
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