I can get 10 of them for free and was wondering if I should get them.They are great at predator evasion. They are great broody hens and mothers. They are not bred/selected for production. Generally they will lay a clutch, set, raise chicks and repeat.
Gamefowl are not all equal. Even hens can cause some big problems. Like was already mentioned if you’re truly just interested in eggs then game hens probably aren’t worth the trouble for you. I have a couple hundred gamefowl and still keep a few layers for eggs so that should tell you something.I have a friend that can get me some American Game Chickens (pullets).
Are they good egg layers?
Will they be ok with my two feed store chicks (5 week old Barred Rock and Delaware)?
I'm planning on keeping them in a 10x10 coop.I fed mine the same as everyone else...and I very rarely saw them. They would show up to eat, and disappear into the woods. I never saw an egg. If they were kept in a coop, you’d get eggs but not a lot. As @sourland said, they go broody easy and don’t lay a lot.
But hey, if they’re free it’s worth a shot