I have thoroughly enjoyed the discussions in this thread lately. Very interesting and educational. The oriental Game discussion was fantastic to read as I have read very little on the oriental breeds, and games in general.
Which in turn, got my wheels turning, and that's not always a good thing. So it's lead me to start thinking about starting a Feral Flock on our farm with some Old English Games. I think it'd be neat, but also a lot of money to lose, as the OEG are not cheap around here.
Is it possible to have a feral flock in South Central PA climate? I wouldn't mind tossing out some scratch grain for them during winter if that's what it would take. Maybe leghorns could make it, and be cheaper to purchase?
Centrarchid did something like this with some of his flock, and started a thread and posted a huge amount of info on it. He left them to themselves, but I think also had a LGD and was a light sleeper to hear any ruckus. Check it out (look him up to see threads started - I think it's called something like "starting a family group on the porch"). Fascinating read...
Edit: It's called "constructing a single chicken family unit for porch". Actually, all his posts are interesting because (as he has said himself), he treats his chickens a bit like wildlife, and I think he's in a field of animal behavior (though I think it's fish), so his documentation of things (e.g., how a free-ranging flock remembers food sites, or behaves during a hawk attack) is detailed and fascinating...
- Ant Farm
Edited by Fire Ant Farm - 11/8/15 at 4:35pm