Other common names: Junglefowl
The Red Junglefowl is a tropical member of the Pheasant family, and is often believed to be a direct ancestor of the domestic chicken. Red Junglefowl are native throughout most of southeast Asia, from Paksitan and India eastward through Sumatra and Indonesia, and are also feral on several Hawaiian Islands.
In their native habitat, pure Gallus gallus are threatened with extinction because so many wild birds have bred with feral domestic chickens. In captivity, pure Red Junglefowls are extremely rare, and almost all captive birds have been interbred with domestic chicken breeds.
Varieties (Single Comb): Black Breasted Red
Weight: 1 - 3 lbs
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: White or Tinted
Egg size: Small - Medium
What else you should know:
The Red Junglefowl is an herbivore, and insectivore. They will eat corn, soybeans, worm, grass, and different kinds of grains and bugs on the ground. Birds can also eat commercialized grain in captivation, but higher protein feed and simulating their normal diet with lots of natural variety is recommend.
Junglefowl thrive on free-ranging. Even if given a coop, many Red-Junglefowl will prefer to roost in trees, and nest under bushes. If caged, give them plenty of space, and enclose the area if you expect them to stay in it.
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Introducing Philippine Native Chickens: The Best Pet and Livestock
There are actually many breed of chickens in the Philippines. One of which is the Red Junglefowl. And, the best ones are those raised in localities since birth, just like what we have at home in Leyte, Philippines.
I've come across, even tasted other breeds, but the Philippine native chickens are by far the most awesome. Here's why.
They are not afraid of humans. In fact, they will go near you. Some will even allow you to put them on the palm of your hands or lap. This makes them an excellent pet too. But when they lay eggs or just had some hatchlings or is roaming around with their baby chicks, they exhibit an aggressive behavior. This is just normal and will actually pass when their babies grow older. They are actually very protective of their loved ones.
They are tough birds because they do not easily get sick. Here in the province, you'll see them roaming around anywhere, come in contact with almost anything, or got wet when it rains, but they remain strong and healthy. They thrive well in areas with moderate climate.
GOOD IN FORAGING
They require less budget or none at all when it comes to food. Here, they enjoy a free range set up. We allow a hundred plus of them roaming around the area to search for food and relax. But, we regularly give them food assistance early in the morning and early evening. Here, we feed them with grated coconut or grain of rice. We do not use commercial foods. All are natural.
They thrive anywhere. However, it is recommended that you have a small hut or bamboo house where they can take shelter during rainy or sunny days, especially the hens. But, typically, they are okay with resting in shady corners of any structures.
One hen can give 10 to 15 quality eggs. So if you have a hundred of native hens, they can give an average of 1300 to 1500 eggs each month. The laying takes 18 days or two weeks.
This is, I believe what separates native chickens from those that are commercially grown. They give excellent taste when cooked in different styles. Here in the Philippines, "tinolang manok" or chicken soup is the best. And since they live naturally, they are free from any toxins or are good for the health.
I've attached a few pics including the chicken soup for you to see.
Overall, Philippine native chicken are perfect to be a pet or to be part of your livestock.
Just place a comment if you have questions about this breed. Thank you for reading :D.
From Evane Oct 4 2014 12:39AM
Would Recommend Red Junglefowls
This is one of the few breeds that I specialize in and work with for years. They are exceptionally beautiful and fun to raise. Raising them will surely bring out the "WILD-SIDE" to your hobby collection since they can fly so well, I am sure much better than any other domestic breeds out there and are wonderful parents. They basically strive on their own and can rear their own young and do everything. Just provide them a safe home and lots of good food to eat. There are a few variations out there that are closest to pure. No known pure ones in the U.S., or anywhere else in the world, for that matter after 1000's of years of industrialization, etc. However, there are very close to pure, so called "Wild-strains" out there like the Vietnamese Junglefowls, Richardsons/Laos Junglefow and the Indian Junglefowls. I have basically all of those and working to keep all those as close to pure as possible by selective breeding and making sure that they get passed on the right way. I understand that there are many common misconceptions with "Junglefowls". Just because they are wild-"like" and do well on their own doesn't make them wild.
Basic indications of the "Red Junglefowls" are:
1.) 1-2lbs in size only (full-grown). Some variations may get up to 2.5lbs but those would be your "further-to-pure" ones...like the San Diego Zoo Red Junglefowls. They are only "pure to their source" as I call it because I only breed them true to what they are made up of, which are Indian and Bermese Junglefowls. Nevertheless, they have traits in them that should be preserved for future studies so I make sure I keep that line going...
2.) Crows can't be too long. Compared to a Rhode Island Red's crow for example, it would only be about 1/2 the strength and 1/4 the duration...
3.) Legs should be Grey/Blue. The darker the better. Known pure ones in the wild has an almost "black" leg.
4.) Egg production is low. Egg clutch should be around 6 - 10 eggs. Some goes up to 12 like the San Diego Zoo but most would fall around 8 or so. If they lay too much, like 20 eggs per clutch, its a good indication that its "further-to-pure" as well : )
5.) ONLY ONE COLOR: !!!RED!!! Any other color besides Red can't be considered "Red Junglefowls". Haha. Saipan Junglefowls aren't really Junglefowls at all so don't let their colors confuse you with the rest. : )
Hope this helps...
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From TommyVT05 Dec 8 2009 12:45PM