New to Gamefowl.....need desperate help!

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  1. Newby123

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    Hello I acquired some gamebirds today thinking I was getting just regular chickens to add to my flock. The guy I purchased them from was moving out of state and needed to sell them. Being fairly new to chickens I wasn't aware of all the breeds and was unable to find information on this specific one. He stated they are "red legged hatch" but I'm not sure that even exists as I have found zero information! We currently have a few RIR, barred rocks, and a rooster who is a Wyandotte. All of these birds grew up together and the rooster is definitely in charge. We separated the gamebirds. We have a pallet pen that we're using on a temporary basis for them as we didn't want to integrate them into our flock and have anything happen. There is a mother hen who I was told is about a year old and 7 chicks who are 4 months old. The guy told me that the mother hatch them all out herself and is very protective of them. She did allow us to pick her up and them without any problem but they are all very skittish. I don't believe they were ever really handled or socialized. We went to feed them but they literally, well all but 2 would not touch the tray....they instead scratched around the pine shavings looking for food so we sprinkled it on the ground and they seemed to like that better. They also wouldn't touch the waterer either which will be a problem if they refuse to drink. We were told that at least one of them is a rooster but since they all have those fan tails we can't really tell. So as you can imagine I have loads of questions and need help. We wanted to add to our flock to get eggs to eat. We have a large family and go through a bunch of eggs. We have no desire to breed or get hatch eggs. So firstly how do these birds differ from the others we have? Can we integrate them into our flock or should they be kept in a separate coop? We mostly free range our birds, can we do so with these ones as well? Is there any risk of disease or anything that a gamebird may have that "regular" chickens don't? Can we even eat their eggs? If needed to cull a rooster, can we then eat it? Do the game hens need a nesting box and privacy just like the other birds? If needed I can take and post pictures of them tomorrow. They are all on the small side, even the hen is very thin to be about a year in comparison with our other birds. Any and all help or answers would be so great! Any additional information would also be greatly appreciated! Thank you for reading this super long message and for trying to help in any way you can!
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us. Whilst i have never kept game chickens, they should be treated in exactly the same manner as any other chicken as regards the questions that you have. So, no - they don't carry any specific diseases compared to other breeds, you can eat their eggs, you can eat their meat.

    To be honest, if you want chickens for egg production - I'd sell them and replace them with breeds that will be likely more productive.

    I'd suggesting searching "game birds" and finding folks who keep them - they will be able to answer any of your questions.

    all the best
    CT
     
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  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Newby123 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Ken has given you some great advice so I will just add that I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
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  7. redsoxs

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    Greetings from Kansas, Newby123, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our flock!
     
  8. Newby123

    Newby123 Just Hatched

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    Thank you everyone for the welcome! That is really very kind of all of you!
     
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  10. Newby123

    Newby123 Just Hatched

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    Thank you CT for the information and for the suggestions. I will definitely follow that search for game birds.
     

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