The Galinha Caipira is a chicken that is common throughout Brazil. They are a landrace breed, that developed from a mixture of many fowls that where raised in the area, including Aseels, Silver Spangled Hamburgs, Buff and Partridge Plymouth Rocks and more.
Varieties (Single Comb): Any color
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Weight: 4.5 - 6 lb
Personality: Energetic, but will tame with handling.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Excellent (5/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
best tasting meats
extreme cold conditions
The beginning of our backyard farm
One particularly eventful summer my family decided to purchase eggs to hatch a variety of chickens for a coop my father and I built behind our house. We lived on a large 27 acre lot (mostly wooded) and crafted a very large shed/chicken coop ontop of our cistern (water collection from the roof of our berm house.)
The first batch of chickens we had were Galinha Caipira Chickens (Which is actually a little redundant because I believe Galinha is simply the name for chicken in Portuguese. Much like naming a taco stand chicken pollo or getting a smoothie at jugo juice bar at the mall, all of our chickens became Galinha's for awhile. Eventually we had names for all of them and their family grew.
We hatched our Galinha's under a heat lamp until they were old enough to be moved into their chicken coop. We had 16 chickens and one rooster who could have been a prized fighter with how aggressively he protected his coop. Most of our hen's laid regularly and didn't brood though it was fairly common for us to find blood spots in the eggs (a burst blood vessel during formation) which are okay to eat and easy to remove.
We allowed our chickens to free range around our house and at dusk put themselves back in their coop to roost. Our cats and german shepard left them alone (save one instance with the dog) and grew to be quite fat and happy picking our yard clean daily.
After a couple of years a fox found its way onto our property and within a single month, killed and consumed most of all of our chickens (by that time we had well over 25.) Even with Reo the German Shepard on watch, a newly fortified fence, our chickens stood no chance. Once the rooster fell, the hens started in on each other as well and their small collective became a state a weak state of anarchy. I learned the real meaning of the term "pecking order," as groups would gang up on particular chickens and pluck them free of their feathers. Sad to say we weren't able to find homes for most of our chickens and because we had no intention of eating their meat, decided to let nature take its course. By that point they were rather disheveled and psychotic anyway.
Get chickens, they'll enrich your life. :).
From callmeravey Jul 25 2015 6:08PM
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 840 days ago