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Free Ranging Crested Chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Andora, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Is there anyone here who has a flock of crested breeds that they allow to free range? I really love crested birds, but the few I have seem so unfortunately stupid. I am 90% sure it's because their crest keeps them from seeing well. I gave one of my beloved buff laced Polish to a farm, and she was the only bird nabbed by a predator out of the flock of non-crested birds.

    Do you think crested breeds are killed easier because they can't see danger approaching? I want to get a lot of cresteds, but if we move to some farmland this summer I will want my flock to free range and I don't want extra heartbreak when my sweet crested birds (which seem to make the greatest pets so we are more attached to them) get taken by predators! I know there's a good risk any chicken could get picked on or killed, but I'm curious if anyone else thinks crested birds are more susceptible? Any thoughts? One red flag to me is that the crested chickens are always the only ones my toddler can sneak up on and capture. [​IMG]
     
  2. Lesa

    Lesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I loved my crested bird and it was the first I lost to a predator- She would just forge ahead with no sense of fear. I thought she was brave, but upon reflection I really believe she couldn't see... She was also the easiest chicken to pick up, for the same reason. She was very sweet...
     
  3. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I was afraid my worries would be true for others too. [​IMG]

    Crested birds are so sweet though, aren't they? I know other chickens can bond as pets, but our crested birds have just been on another level! I can't decide if it's their personalities or if it's just because you have more chance to hold on them easier since they can't see. [​IMG]
     
  4. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't let my Polish hens range until I tied their crest up with elastics. They aren't so *stupid* when they can see. [​IMG]
     
  5. jforsness

    jforsness Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's too bad the the Polish are such easy pickings. I have 3 in my Seattle yard and I hope a hawk doesn't spot them. Does anyone have experience with hawks? Even though I am in urban Seattle, hawks and eagles are common along the I-5 corridor, 2 miles away. The hawks are red tails. What about racoons? Will they come into the yard during the day?

    There are very sweet Birds (B's) and very good pets, we would be very upset to lose any of them.
     
  6. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    both of my polish were taken. The one was a roo who was not used to being in a pen, flew up and out and managed to get eaten. My precious little Lauren had no fear of dogs or cats, so my guess is that something (a fox) walked up and took her or a hawk because she couldn't see.

    She was a wonderful little bird and was so sweet, I wish I could get another, but am afraid of letting them free range!
     
  7. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
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    Poor slow crested chickens. I'm thinking if we do move to a farm I will have to build a big covered run for them somehow then let the non-crested chickens free range.
     
  8. Bec

    Bec THE Delaware Blue Hen

    I think they would do just fine in a covered run and they are really sweet!
     
  9. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Wouldn't be easy pickings if you tie their crest up with an elastic [​IMG]
     
  10. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    LOL I might try that!
     

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