Self-defensive breeds?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Jdc361, Mar 31, 2015.

  1. Jdc361

    Jdc361 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are there any breeds that can defend themselves better that others?
     
  2. Jdc361

    Jdc361 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Storys well appreciated!!!
     
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Game fowl are the best chickens at defending themselves which is why most feral chickens are game fowl. I've been told and read that Iowa Blues are also very good at defending themselves, but I've never had any Iowa Blues so I can't personally attest to this.
     
  4. Jdc361

    Jdc361 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do u mean by game fowl?
     
  5. Michael OShay

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    Game fowl refers to any of the various strains of domestic chickens originally developed mainly for the production of fighting cocks. Examples of game fowl include American Game Fowl (https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/american-game), Old English Game Fowl (https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/old-english-game), Modern Game Fowl (https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/modern-game), and Asian Game Fowl (http://www.ganoi.com/asil/main/).
     
  6. Jdc361

    Jdc361 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OEGB will fend off predators?!! They're tiny!
     
  7. ThaiChee

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    Game fowl are chicken breeds that were bred for cock fights. E.G. American Games, Thai Games, Asil, etc. I would like to agree with Michael OShay. I have game fowls of my own and they are very alert and flighty against anything that they aren't familiar with. If my flock of chicken see a shadow on the ground or hears a loud noise, they run for cover right away. Sometimes my big male will even stick out in the open and try to intimidate whatever he perceives as a threat if it doesn't look big enough for him to worry about.
     
  8. maddog3355

    maddog3355 Out Of The Brooder

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    There isn't any breed that is foolproof. If you don't put them up at night they are easy Pickens for owls and raccoons, mink etc. But there is a big difference in your game breeds leghorns and some bantams. I was at a guys house this winter and I kept hearing chickens across the country road. I could see up a big valley and there where chickens everywhere. The story the guy told me was an elderly man lives there and always had chickens but something kept getting the big ones and he was down to 2 Banty hens and one banty rooster. Now he has 62 at last count. It was wintertime and he had chicks running everywhere. He said they where so wild nothing could catch them!!! Lol
     
  9. Michael OShay

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    Agreed. The really nasty predators out there (large dogs, racoons, large owls, eagles, wolves, coyotes, wolves, bears, wild hogs, mountain lions, lynx, bobcats, larger members of the weasel family, etc.) are more than a match for any rooster.
     

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