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red jungle fowl have claws / talons much sharper than domestic breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by centrarchid, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Last night I was handing a red jungle fowl x American game cockerol for purpose of taking pictures. When he stood on my arm I noticed his claws were almost as sharp as those of a crow. I handled his mother, aunt and siblings (also red jungle fowl) and they had sharper claws as well. Claws much sharper than those of games and American dominiques. Why would they be different?
     
  2. Vcomb

    Vcomb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my thought is perhaps they are more active and that keeps them sharp. similarly, long spurs on a rooster self-sharpen (if he is active) by rubbing against one another when they walk.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Quote:They do not seem to be more active than games I am rearing with. Relative to games they do seem to run faster in straight line but they are not as good at dodging. Games can go in any direction when avoiding contact. The red jungle fowl seem to run forward or jump vertically like a ringneck pheasant.

    We have some old game rooster between 8 and 10 years of age. We cut spurs on each bird twice in past, most recent about 4 years ago. Spurs maxed out again but they do not seem to touch when birds walking normally. I have been studying up on observatons of wild / feral red jungle fowl and they seldom live more than 3 years. They seem to have spurs that grow more rapidly and have nasty sharp tips.

    Roosters seem to do a funny walk at dawn which might be time spurs sharpened and wittled to control length.
     

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