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  1. Florida Bullfrog

    Picture Of The Week (POW) Information & Submissions

    Hei Hei, my wild-type game cock free ranging around my front yard in the north Florida woods.
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    Show Off Your Games!

    Hei Hei free ranging around the fish pond. These two hens are rearing this brood of 12 bitties together. At night in the coop both the mother and the second hen will shelter bitties under their wings up on the roosting poles. I was impressed the bitties were able to get to the highest...
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    FLORIDA!!!!!ALWAYS SUNNY SIDE UP!!!

    I live near the GA border but I’m from Ocala. Ocala will get freezes, but nothing that necessitates heavy duty winter quarters. The traditional Florida coop faces south and is either open on all sides except the north side or open on just the south side and enclosed on the 3 other sides. Either...
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    South Florida Predators?

    You wouldn’t see a weasel or a mink even if it was present. They’re very discrete. https://www.nsis.org/wildlife/mamm/weasel.html https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_21-4p108-114Layne%5B1%5D.pdf
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    South Florida Predators?

    In my part of Florida there aren’t the large number of introduced species that you have in south Florida. South Florida is tropical, my part of Florida is sub tropical and has multiple freezes in the winter. That keeps most of the exotics knocked back. The run of the mill predators others have...
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    Many of the Florida adapted breeds descend from livestock the Spaniards brought. The Spaniards were in Florida centuries ahead of other Europeans and that gave those bloodlines a significant head start. Florida’s woods and environments are very diverse. In general Florida woods are very thick...
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Cracker_cattle https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Cracker_Horse In the context of other Florida heritage breeds, you can maybe understand my interest in our traditional chickens. Florida animals tend to end up different than similar kinds found in...
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    If wiregrass can be made into a hay, I cannot say. Its generally not (thought to be) fit as a field grass for normal livestock. Some Florida adapted breeds can live on it like Cracker cows and Cracker horses (sorry we just slap “Cracker” in front of everything to denote that its a Florida...
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    Show Off Your Games!

    This is Hei Hei, my free-ranger (he’s locked up now only because my free range flock has a brood of game bitties I want the mother hen to keep in the run for a couple more weeks).
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    I could get some from a pet store. I can get fishing worms from several bait stores near me. And I was digging in the compost pile this evening and saw several big white grubs.
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    I feed the games crushed acorns as a treat. But endured me to them was simply the fact I fed and watered them as chicks. They’ve never been flighty with me. Such simple gestures of care does nothing to impress the OEGBs.
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    I’m covered up in great horned owls. All of my chicken roost in covered and fenced coops except my guineas. The guineas sleep in the open on top of a small coop. Why a great horned howl hasn’t popped one yet, I cannot say. Unless the group of them together is intimidating. Last night in the...
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    Just to show how tame my games are, here’s a hen that surprised me by flying up on my shoulder. The only birds I have that act wild are the OEGB. They go nuts when I’m near their run and won’t tolerate me at all. When they get out they fly all over and it takes a butterfly net to catch them. I...
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    I think the tense was the problem as well as seeing me as “the law” period. This relative might have been arrested by my grandfather, his brother in law, for poaching. Same grandfather who raised me.
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    Only the pictures Hei Hei and Raptor are showing true to life colors. The other two brothers are cropped pictures taken as still shots from video and a low res pic taken in low light that were both texted to me. But yes Hei Hei is darker than Raptor and I think the second rooster I gave away is...
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    Just a few minutes from my wife's home (which was just a few more minutes from my home) there was a fellow that every knew to raise "fighting roosters." He raised them openly in his front yard with a few rows of huts and staked ropes. Back then there were still states were it was legal and our...
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    That is my understanding, yes. In the poultry world and among the gamefowl community “gaminess” equals rooster on rooster aggression to the death with no backing down due to injury. Now among my people the Florida Crackers, there is an understanding that “game” in relation to the name of the...
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    Show Off Your Games!

    I’m in one of the colder parts of Florida, and even here we only get a couple weeks worth of freezes a year and of those only a handful last more than a couple of hours before daylight. Once in a while we’ll get dips into the low 20s. Our hens are ok so long as the nests are insulated from the...
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    Show Off Your Games!

    Most I’ve seen so far has been Hei Hei the free ranger break up fights between the mother hen I posted above and the other hens. She’ll trash any hen that looks at her bitties wrong. After it goes on a bit, Hei Hei will get between them and separate them. He’s oddly gentle when he does it. He...
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    Historic Presence of Jungle Fowl in the American Deep South

    I had to look about a year and a half to find mine and ended up locating them on a local classified listing as “Indian Red Jungle Fowl” just south of my home town. I’m going to start selecting mine for free range vigor. Or more accurately, let them get selected for it. Gaminess is irrelevant...
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