Originally Posted by wyomingmaryland
Ive been thinking about this predator bait, but cant help feel that predator pressure is always present and sometimes helpful, or less than the value gained in being more free range. I think it depends, at least for me. If I had lost more than two birds to predators, maybe I'd act differently. The birds I did lose were not raised on my property, as they were given to me by a friend who had said they had outgrew their welcome in the back of their townhouse. My MD's seem to be the smartest/evasive. Someone gave me some RIR/White rocks that are dumber than nails. Out way too late into dusk. Poor rooster tries to protect them, keep them company, but even he goes in before them. I've really grown to like this bantam mille fleur. Agressively admirable in the execution of his duty.
Is there a connection here, in that MD's have bantam game cock and millle fleurs are bred for fighting? Is this the advantage of the non-domestication/wild genes in a no fence by day-free range environment. Are there other breeds of chicken that have game cocks bred into them in the not so far past?
Jennie, I'm aboslutely interested in trading for eggs/chicks. One of my other MD hens is broody sitting on some eggs that I left in the box for too long. Im trying to figure out if this means I can buy eggs and wether she would just start sitting on them. The mille fleur bantam rooster is I think to short to seal the deal- I dont think the eggs are fertilized- but I could def be wrong. Nothing candled as fertilized. Is this just her being broody?
I'm not quite sure what it is you're getting at here.
Do folks "bait" for predators?
Or are you saying that letting your birds be picked off might produce birds that are more predator savvy in that you'll soon have birds that are not picked off?
My nephew and a friend both had their entire flocks wiped out in one night by a predator. It seems to me that keeping chickens in a unsecured coop at night is just making them sitting targets.
Too, birds roosting in trees are not domesticated but wild aren't they? They too are prone to being sitting targets as chickens do not see well in the dark. Racoons, weasels and other climbing predators will take them with ease.
I am sure there must be some research out there to prove your theory if it's what I think it is. You would certainly have a market if you could sell birds that are predatory savvy and not prone to being picked off. Though I would think someone would have come up with such a breed by now.
Though Florida AND Hawaii have a feral population of chickens. This I'm sure you can find information on. Too I recall some time ago seeing a story on a town that had a wild chicken population living on the town compost pile. I'm not sure you can find that story. Perhaps. None of these stories mentioned these wild flocks supplying eggs or meat to the town folks.
Edited by rancher hicks - 12/17/15 at 3:30pm