The history of chickens (Gallus domesticus) is a bit of a puzzle. They were first domesticated from a wild form called red junglefowl (Gallus gallus), a bird that still runs wild in most of southeast Asia, likely hybridized with the gray junglefowl (G. sonneratii). Common predators that feed on poultry flocks include the following mammals, reptiles, and birds: dogs and coyotes. bobcats. house cats. foxes, especially red foxes. raccoons. members of the weasel family, especially least and long-tailed weasels. skunks. opossums. how do i defend my chickens. please i am new.