Is there such a thing as wild chickens??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by trunkman, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    I was wondering if there is such a thing as wild chickens, I figure if there is wild turkeys there must be wild chickens right? Does anybody know? [​IMG]
  2. Rachel'sFlock

    Rachel'sFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. RedRoosterFarm

    RedRoosterFarm **LOVE MY SERAMAS**

    Mar 25, 2010
    Eatonville, Washington
    hummmm? good question. a game bird is crazy but not wild...[​IMG]
  4. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

    Nov 27, 2009
    Wilmington, NC
    From what I've heard and read, the domestic chicken is thought to have been developed from the Red Junglefowl of Asia, much as the dog is descended from the wolf or the cat from an African wild cat.
  5. ihvpower

    ihvpower Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2009
    Uxbridge MA
    I say Junglefowl as well, and the Roosters are so pretty.
  6. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    There was a post not too long ago about someone actually catching a pair of chickens that seemed to be feral. I have no idea were it was posted but I assume at some point within the genetic history they might have been part of someones flock.
  7. willkatdawson

    willkatdawson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Quote:Yes, Yes there are. They're living in my yard. [​IMG]
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Miami, Florida is overrun with feral chickens.
  9. 5acrehome

    5acrehome Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 27, 2010
    I caught 8 chickens in my yard with so many variations to breeding they looked to have 8 or 9 different types of breed in them. they were feral but have taken to a coop like any other chicken but the rooster is very very dominate. only had to cut down the tree they were roosting in to catch them one cold winter night last year [​IMG]
  10. billfields

    billfields Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2009
    East Tennessee
    But feral wouldn't be the same as wild in the sense that wild turkeys are wild....basically the feral chickens are like feral cats or dogs---unhandled domesticated chickens (or cats or dogs....or horses for that matter---all the "wild" horses in North America are in fact feral horses). I think folks are correct with the Red Jungle would have to look in Asia I suppose to find true "wild" ones. But are Araucanas not suppose to have been from some centuries old South American strain? I know very little about them. Is there suppose to some sort of wild bird from the Americas in their ancestry or were they from transplanted stock?

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    Last edited: Oct 9, 2010

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