Red Junglefowl

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by Game Bird Guy, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. Game Bird Guy

    Game Bird Guy Chirping

    Jul 22, 2011
    Hi everyoone. I am pretty sure this is in the right place as junglefowl are a type of pheasant right? Correct me if I'm wrong. Has anyone ever gotten Red Junglefowl from Ideal Poultry? I am not a big fan of hatcheries like Ideal, but they are the only place I have seen Red Junglefowl for sale. What are the chances of their birds being purebred? I am getting an order from them in the spring and thought junglefowl may be kind of cool to have. What do you guys think? Are they worth it? All replies welcome as I don't want to get them if they're not the real thing, I have enough OEG as it is. I just don't know if I should get them or not. Thanks in advance. Kramer

  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Junglefowl come in 4 flavors and are the wild birds chickens are said to have been evolved from, the Red variety in particular.

    They are almost certainly not pure, as scientists aren't sure any even exist anymore. They will be pretty, wild and are susceptible to chicken diseases when kept with domestic birds. They must be kept with care and attention.

    Good luck!
  3. birdboy15

    birdboy15 Songster

    Nov 13, 2010
    Falmouth, Michigan
    I have got red junglefowl from cackle and there just OEGB's. They were not flighty, and did not act anything like a pheasant. I didn't lose a single one to diseases though.
  4. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Songster

    May 2, 2009
    Woods, TX

  5. J3172

    J3172 Songster

    Feb 6, 2010
    I have a pr a got from a breeder as hatching eggs. If your interested in the real deal, or as pure as you can get they are going to cost$$$ way more then crappy hatchery stock. My rooster hardly ever crows and if so only in early early morning, and he sounds a little different then a "normal" rooster crowing. I would never let them out, they are flighty and act more like a pheasant.
  6. Resolution

    Resolution Chillin' With My Peeps

    Junglefowl are not pheasants. Many decades ago, this was the opinion that Junglefowl were a type of pheasant, belonging to the Pheasant family.
    We know today that Junglefowl probably belong to their own family, the Gallusinidae. This theory is gaining common consensus amongst avian systematists.

    nearly two decades worth of published papers on the subject:
    A.Reference 1
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    C. Reference 3
    D. Reference 4
    E. Reference 5
    F. Reference 6

    Other members of this monophyletic family (Gallusinidae) to which the Junglefowl and their domestic cousins belong, are the Francolins, Bamboo Partridge, Coturnix, Chukar and Junglebush Quail. Their closest relatives are Francolins and Bamboo Partridge.

    If you keep the junglefowl in enclosures with no visibility up to ~ four feet and some of the ceiling of the aviary and some of the walls covered in shade cloth, you will find them to be fairly calm. Keeping them with other species that are fairly mellow also may help in this regard. A single tame peahen or peacock is useful or a group of Mandarin ducks, a few doves- but keeping them by themselves in enclosures where they feel they have no depth to escape in leads to crazy birds.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2011
  7. Game Bird Guy

    Game Bird Guy Chirping

    Jul 22, 2011
    Thanks for your replies everyone. I thinkn I will get them elsewhere. I had a feeling they would only be OEGs. I don't mind spending the extra $$$, but I would really want the real thing.

  8. Game Bird Guy

    Game Bird Guy Chirping

    Jul 22, 2011
    Thanks everyone. I think I will just spend the cash and get some from a reliable breeder. I had a feeling they would only be OEG's. I just love the real birds
  9. Resolution

    Resolution Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Look up Elton Housely in Geneva Alabama. He encourages new aviculturists and is an ethical and experienced master aviculturist as well as a Gentleman.

  10. jimb

    jimb Chirping

    Jun 16, 2010
    Got 50 Red Jungle Fowl Chickens from Welp Hatchery ( )
    the first of July 2011-now 5 months old. All are doing great- now about half the size of large chickens 3to4 lbs
    almost the size of White Leghorns.
    Very fast in running and fight, have alot of energy and don`t take much feed. Will be getting more this coming year.

    Have Black Star, White Leghorn, Red Jungle Fowl, a lot of mixed breed chickens, Guineas, Quail, Ringneck Pheasants.
    Taking about 250-300 lbs of feed per week for all.
    jimb of NC
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2011

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