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Madagascar Game Chickens??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ameraucanacrazy, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. ameraucanacrazy

    ameraucanacrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a few questions if anyone can answer them, thanks.

    1.)How easy are they to raise and keep?

    2.)Do the hens fight with other hens(can hens be keep to gether)?

    3.)Are they aggressive towards people?

    4.)Can the roosters be keep together when they are babies?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    [​IMG] You mean there's someone else out there into these super rare, amazing, and truly unique birds? I hope you're looking for the true ones, not the Hatchery-bred Turken hybrids. [​IMG]

    Well, I've never had them myself, but I hear a lot of things and read up on them a lot. I myself really want to add them to my slowly growing collection of Gamefowl, however, they're not as hardy, and I'll need to be completely prepared in this mild, rather cold and rainy climate.

    1.)How easy are they to raise and keep? I hear from people that they often give up on the breed due to its lack of genetic diversity in the US and also because of its cold intolerance. I'd say if you live in a generally warm, or better yet, a hot environment, - Or have a place for it that is usually hot, then you're fine. Otherwise they're not too tolerant of temp changes, windy areas, and cold.

    2.)Do the hens fight with other hens(can hens be keep to gether)?
    Yes they can be kept together, however like a lot of other gamefowl things can happen, and it is best you keep an eye out for signs of disagreement. If they have a good space to roam around, you'll have less issues.

    3.)Are they aggressive towards people? Not at all! They're extremely loyal, friendly, and calm. Consider that the breed originates in very poor villages in Madagascar where all people had was their bare hands and little clothing to handle these birds. Same goes for any other gamefowl - They're very much like pets!

    4.)Can the roosters be keep together when they are babies? When they are chicks, yes. When they get their hormones coming in after a couple months, no. It goes for just about all gamefowl - If they have room to roam; a free ranging environment, you will have less chances of aggression if you keep them at distanced groups. Otherwise, they will fight to the death.
     
  3. punky rooster

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    Quote:chickens are loyal!?!? could you please describe this in chickens?
     
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  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Oriental Gamefowl and Madagascar Game are loyal in the sense that they will not run away, get flighty or skittish, or object to anything you do with them. They love following their owner around like a puppy dog, love to be handled, and don't get spooked or distracted like other chickens. For example, if you pick one up, it will not try and spook, kick, and fly off like others. Of course, not all chickens are like this, but gamefowl are more tame in cases than other varieties/breeds of chickens.

    Often if you notice, a normal hen will behave and look around like her brain is flitting from one thing to the next all the time, and she'll often object to you touching her or approaching her. . . They aren't like that. They have a good attention span, aren't so hyper about things, and of course. . . They also don't make obnoxious "egg songs" like other birds.

    Oh and in a free ranging environment, they're a lot more intelligent about things, and of course can fend off predators much better than other varieties of chickens. And, added on, they're very broody and super moms.

    There's a reason why small villages and poor communities usually have gamefowl over production breeds. [​IMG] (besides for fighting. . .)
     
  5. punky rooster

    punky rooster Awesome

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    Quote:OH ok
    which other breeds would you consider loyal?
     
  6. jsp28504

    jsp28504 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently purchased a few chickens from an auction, do you believe these are Madagascar Game Fowl, or pretty close? if you would have to rate them how "pure" would you rate them? I paid 7 dollars each for them, what is the normal going rate? ie how much would you ask for them?

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  7. jsp28504

    jsp28504 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump :p
     
  8. Lollipop

    Lollipop Chillin' With My Peeps

    I suggest you pm saladin, who is a member here. He has a working knowledge of these fowl and, I believe, has a few of them...........Pop
     

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