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Can you get wild chickens? And if chickens have not been domistacted by us from wild chickens where did they come from?

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DooinMeCleanin Sun 12-Dec-10 00:49:34

Asks my sister. I want to make it very clear it is my slightly drunk sister who is wanting to know the answer to this ridiculous question.

Please someone answer her. Every time I have a drink with her she becomes obsessed with wild indian chickens.

DooinMeCleanin Sun 12-Dec-10 00:55:25

She would now also like to know if they can fly. She says and I quote "Chickens can totally fly"

I worry for her sometimes. Really I do.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 12-Dec-10 00:56:13

Yes, sort of... grin

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 12-Dec-10 00:56:36

Chickens can fly, but it's not their forte.

DooinMeCleanin Sun 12-Dec-10 01:05:15

She is very entertaining tonight. SHe would now like to know if they fly south for winter. Otherwise how do they survive.

Oldlady, she doesn't think they can flap along the chicken yard a few inches above the ground. SHe believes that they actually fly up in the sky like ducks.

And if they are descendant from pheasents then why doesn't pheasent taste like chicken and she still says you can get wild chickens.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 12-Dec-10 01:08:59

PMSL, no chickens do not fly south for the winter, they have been domesticated for many thousands of years and in any case originated in warmer climes. grin They can fly as high as a tree for roosting purposes, but they're really not long-distance athletes.

I'm sure there are feral chickens...

DooinMeCleanin Sun 12-Dec-10 01:17:15

Oh she has forgotten about chickens we are to monkeys now....



OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 12-Dec-10 01:24:39

Ah, I know bugger-all about monkeys, so I'll bow out at this point. grin

(Not that I know much about chickens, either, tbf.)

Lizzabadger Sun 12-Dec-10 10:58:03

Chickens are descended from jungle fowl. You can look these up on Wikipedia. You can still get them - there are some in Golders Hill Park in London. They look recognisably chickeny!

Some chickens fly quite well, e.g. Leghorns. Most fly when they are chicks/young birds and can still fly short distances when they are bigger. Frizzles are an exception as their feather type does not support flight.

catinthehat2 Sun 12-Dec-10 11:03:48

I am so bumping this.

I want more chicken people to come out of the undergrowth and share their bizarro knowledge.

I LIVE for threads like this.

<clutches hands together beaming expectantly>

MissBeehivingUnderTheMistletoe Sun 12-Dec-10 11:20:28

Aren't chickens the closest relatives to dinosaurs?

And alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.

My chickens can't fly (silkies)or roost. They have, even by chickens standards - very.little.brain

GentleOtter Sun 12-Dec-10 11:40:46

The sometimes hum at night when they roost. One chicken holds the note and the rest join in.
I swear this is true.

catinthehat2 Sun 12-Dec-10 11:43:08



GentleOtter Sun 12-Dec-10 12:34:01

Brownie's Honour. <holds up three fingers>

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sun 12-Dec-10 18:33:47

I used to have a cockerel who would crow at 2 and 3am.

In Scotland.

In January. confused

meltedmarsbars Sun 12-Dec-10 20:11:51

feral chickens

catinthehat2 Sun 12-Dec-10 20:13:58

I don't trust you chicken ladies any morehmm

GentleOtter Sun 12-Dec-10 20:17:43

Come back....we are not foul. grin

meltedmarsbars Sun 12-Dec-10 20:19:36

They will eat a live mouse if it dares to run across their run!


catinthehat2 Sun 12-Dec-10 20:30:56

You're just mocking me now grr

GentleOtter Sun 12-Dec-10 20:34:18

No. They really will go for a live mouse.The winning hen which catches the mouse runs away with it in her beak and the others try to snatch it from her.
They are pretty gross tbh.

catinthehat2 Sun 12-Dec-10 20:38:43

Cripes. That does sound like velociraptor stuff I agree

MissBeehivingUnderTheMistletoe Sun 12-Dec-10 20:39:10

And frogs. Mine clear up any mousey leftovers from the cats.

sethstarkaddersmum Mon 13-Dec-10 10:29:51

my chickens are totally dinosaurs.

the creepiest thing they do is to walk slowly across the lawn, in a line, staring intently at the ground hunting for bugs. They are unnervingly systematic.

the people who made Jurassic Park had definitely spent a long time watching chickens.

meltedmarsbars Mon 13-Dec-10 10:33:56

Filthy things to clean up after, though.

It doesn't come off carpet well blush

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