I am looking for one or two Breeder quality Grey Jungle Fowl Females. Any help is appreciated.
Grey Jungle Fowl also known as Sonnerat's Junglefowl Gallus sonneratti() May also be spelled Gray Junglefowl
The Grey Junglefowl, Gallus sonneratii also known as Sonnerat's Junglefowl is a wild relative of domestic fowl found in India. They are closely related to the Red Junglefowl but their ranges are largely non-overlapping. They are found in deciduous forest and at the edges of moist deciduous forests. They are threatened by hunting for food.
The Grey Junglefowl is found in most of Peninsular India, while the Red Junglefowl is found more along the foothills of the Himalayas. A region of overlap occurs in the Aravalli range. The species has been isolated by a variety of mechanisms including behavioural differences and genic incompatibility. Phylogenetic studies of Junglefowl show that this species is closely related to the Ceylon Junglefowl Gallus lafayetii and more distantly to the Red Junglefowl, Gallus gallus.
The species name is after the French explorer Pierre Sonnerat and they are sometimes also called Sonnerat's Junglefowl.
If I can keep these birds at all I can only have a few. My first interest is in having pets, any other benefits are a plus. The feathers of the Grey Jungle Fowl, specifically the neck feathers called Eye, swords and spades are in high demand and valuable to Fly tiers. Top quality feathers can be worth as much or more than some of you can sell chicks for. But to get that type of feathers you have to get birds from top quality blood lines.
So far I have found about a half dozen members of this group that have Grey's at all. of those It appears that Charles Hill in Georgia has the highest reputation for quality of breeding stock. I also realize that at least one member in Southern California has managed to wrangle one pair from Charles. since S. Cal is much closer to me than Georgia, it is my hope to contact this member and see about any offspring he may produce.
My ultimate goal is to find birds from the blood lines of Ron Taylor of England. Just to keep it simple Ron as far as I can tell acquired several pairs of birds after they where listed as endangered in the early 70's. His focus in breeding them was not only to help keep the species going but to develop feathers that are desired by fly tyers. Since that time Ron has sold his hatchery but has kept a small flock at the request of the Indian Government do to diseases that still threaten wild populations my thinking is if the Gene pool that was developed in Ron's flock are good enough for the Indian government as a back up gene pool, they must be pretty good. Ron evidently has made every effort to keep those blood lines pure.
From my research so far It is these birds that produced the most highly developed feathers. Locating any information in regard to these specific blood lines is proving difficult.
For now I am going to use this page as sort of a diary until I have some more concrete information to have here. So far I have had a couple of group members contact me and offer to help me put together a collection of feathers. My plan is to spend the next year getting this whole thing organized and rolling. For the moment I just want to express my thanks to those that have offered to help. you know who you are. I am looking for a wine cooler to use as my first attempt at an incubator. wish me luck because if it is successful I will most likely offer it for sale at a later date.
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