Introduce Myself & Question About Wild Chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by carpetbeggar, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. carpetbeggar

    carpetbeggar Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys this is my first post here at "backyardchickens.com" and I hope to post a lot more.
    My Father has been raising chickens here in Nova Scotia for about 16 or 17 years now. He's two groups totally about 60 - 75 laying hens then another group of 5 hens and one rooster (Terry) which he lets roam around the yard during the day. Anyway he is taking a job in Alberta and has to leave in about a week. He will be making ridiculous money there and plans on doing that for about three or four years in which time he will be about 60 and reading to come home, retire and raise his chickens and turkeys, rabbits and whatever else he decides to get into lol. He loves it. Anyway I moved back with him and my Grandmother after living away for many years and have decided to take over his "little chicken operation" for him while he's gone. I'm kind of new to this but since being "Home" now for a few months, have really fell in love with all the "feathered ladies." [​IMG]
    He has a list of people(mostly friends of the family) who buy the eggs from us so that kind of off sets the cost of feed, etc. I have a few ideas I want to try out too for next year after the Winter about maybe letting them "graze" outside of their pens and fenced in areas. That will give the hens a wider variety when it comes to their diet(grass, bugs, etc)and will cut down on feed costs, although it really doesn't cost that much for the feed and scratch. Plus the enjoyment I get out of it.
    So that's that, I just wanted to introduce myself as I'm sure you will be hearing from me a lot lol once my Father leaves and I get going on my new "raising egg-laying chickens" hobby.


    One question I do have though, that I've always wondered was: Is it possible to introduce hens and roosters to the wild at some point and have then be totally self-sufficient? Would they be able to survive as a wild brood, re-produce, forage, defend themselves(if the predator problem is not much of an issue), etc? It would be kinda cool to introduce them to the vast woodlands in my backyard, but I'd want to make sure they are totally wild and self sufficient. Are they able to survive Winters in places where there can be large amounts of snowfall for 3 or 4 months of the year, along with fairly cold temperatures?

    Thanks and sorry about the long first post.
    Rob aka carpetbeggar
     
  2. dacjohns

    dacjohns People Cracker Upper

    I think that if you introduce them to the wild they will be nothing but predator food. Chickens are not native to North America and the survival (in the wild) instinct has been bred out of them. Maybe in places where wild predators are mostly under control and the climate is mild but not in Alberta.
     
  3. carpetbeggar

    carpetbeggar Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Yeah, that's pretty much what I was thinking too but I thought I'd ask anyway to see if anyone down in the southern states have ever tried this.

    *And just to clarify I'm living in Nova Scotia.

    Thanks for replying.
     
  4. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Key West has wild chickens. Islands are more protected from preditors. There are also a few pockets of wild chickens in Miami and also parakeets. It's really not a great idea though.

    My dad grew up in Ohio and they let their chickens completely free range in the summer- sleeping in the trees. Every winter they'd have to retrain them to roost in the coop. I'm sure they had a few losses.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I think if they 'went wild' that might be the last you'd see of them and they'd probably evade you if you tried to collect them again. Everything 'loves' chicken and they would be easy pickings for any type of predator.
     
  6. LoveChickens123

    LoveChickens123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    hi and [​IMG] hope you like it
     

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