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Flying black mountain chickens

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by tech30528, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. tech30528

    tech30528 Well-Known Member

    Yes, you read that right. See, it started like this:

    A local guy who has a pretty good chunk of land here at the foothills of the Appalachians had a garden for his family along with a few chickens. Big white chickens, stayed in a coop at night, you know, your normal chickens. But they were getting pretty old, and someone gave him a couple of chicks which were black. Did you know that white chickens and black chickens will not hang out together? Me either. But somehow these chicks did well enough that they survived, partly because they can fly. I've seen chickens buzz the ground for a few yards before, but I mean these can get about 6 feet off the ground and travel a hundred yards or more. So they don't stay in a coop, they roost in trees. Or wherever else they feel like it. So if you can locate the nests you can collect eggs, but some of the nests have never been found so they are multiplying.

    It will be interesting to see how far they spread. For now they pretty much stay around his place. All the old white chickens are gone now ( predators got them) so it's just the black ones. They are beautiful really, iridescent green and blue plumes and bright red combs. But he is having a problem with a few roosters in particular which have no hens and are harassing the others. So he has invited me over to take out just the offenders (which he can evidently identify) without hurting any of the others. We're talking 22 head shots. On chickens. Should be an interesting challenge. He doesn't want them full of shot since he plans to clean them and eat them, and you can't get near them. He's tried box traps, they won't go near them. You can't get within about 30 yards of them. They part like water and if you chase them they fly away.
  2. TurtlePhish

    TurtlePhish Well-Known Member

  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    All this country needs is another non-native invasive species!

    Maybe the hogs and pythons will get them!

  4. Manson

    Manson Well-Known Member

    So this fella, he doesn't have any flying pigs does he?

    By the way when you get there if them there big black fly'n chickens make a sound something like gobble gobble, hold your fire.
  5. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    LOL. People seem to forget that chickens actually CAN fly. Their wings are clipped by the farmers. And he is in for a bad surprise when he goes to eat those roosters. They are going to be tough as hell and probably not the best tasting either. That sounds like Australorp breed. The hens are pretty tasty but the roosters, like most animals, taste pretty rough.
  6. OH_Spartan

    OH_Spartan Well-Known Member

    does he have any way of trapping them? Perhaps a net over a common foraging area? an open pen with feed inside, etc, etc. A head shot from 30-50 yards will be tough, but something to brag about.

    An archery shot to the body would be equally impressive and may be an option.

    At any rate, I'm jealous....
  7. shiftyer1

    shiftyer1 Well-Known Member

    When it's time to cull roosters around my house my son uses a pellet rifle and head shoots them. Those old roosters can be tasty.....if brined and prepared correctly.

    And yes chickens can fly, mine roost 30-40 feet up.
  8. Manson

    Manson Well-Known Member

    Freedom I had to google Australorp. And I'm one of those guys who didn't know chickens could fly. Sure enough Youtube has chicken flying vids for us non believer city types.
  9. matrem

    matrem Well-Known Member

    We can't seem to keep enough pheasants around my neck of the woods.That may be the next best thing?

    Well, they don't eat that much.

    I'm betting the "house" cats do a better job.
  10. tech30528

    tech30528 Well-Known Member

    Well, he wants these three "clean" so we'll see. I know what you mean about tough, got another friend that raises grass fed Berkshire pigs and Speckled Sussex chickens, and those chickens were like rubber, even the one we brined.

    Googled Australorp, similiar but I didn't see any of the bright colors these things have. I'll try to get some pics. Going to be out of town this weekend so I'll try to get out there tomorrow afternoon.
  11. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Don't want a chicken to fly? Just clip the feathers on ONE wing. This creates the phenomenon known as, "Take off, spin, and go flop."
  12. Tomcat47

    Tomcat47 Well-Known Member

    Im with Turtle...........A Nice calm day.......17 HMR!
  13. Freedom_fighter_in_IL

    Freedom_fighter_in_IL Well-Known Member

    Australorp have a tendency to have multiple colors. Sometimes it's just green plumage and others look like friggin rainbows. They are an Australian breed if memory serves me correctly (don't feel up to Googling) and are some REALLY good egg droppers. Pure bred chickens are getting pretty rare nowadays. Chickens such as the Australorp were actually developed (bred) from multiple strains to get either the best egg layers to the best meat developers or both where this breed is concerned. We had a few chicken farms close to where I was raised and my Grandfather raised a few himself. Only reason I know this crap. It's uncanny how much useless information the human mind can absorb and recall aint it!
  14. tech30528

    tech30528 Well-Known Member

    Well if we are lucky they are good to eat. Already had the eggs, good stuff. I'm not crazy about new species either, but if one is introduced why not one that eats bugs lays eggs and tastes like chicken? If I walk up on the ridge 120 yards from the house and pull a heading of 220 degrees on the compass I walk in to this guy's yard a little over a mile away.
  15. tech30528

    tech30528 Well-Known Member

    I'd like that too,(17hmr) but don't have that caliber yet.
  16. der Teufel

    der Teufel Well-Known Member

  17. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    I wouldn’t worry about headshots, unless you just want the challenge; if they’re more than a couple months old, they will be pretty nasty to eat. Doubt they’ll spread much. They may find a peaceful home if they head towards Ashville, with all the hippies around there, but I guarantee the folks in Old Fort will clear them out fast, despite the bad taste! (Strange bunch in Old Fort). :neener:
  18. 303tom

    303tom member

    I have raised chickens my entire life & (YES) chickens can fly..............
  19. svtruth

    svtruth Well-Known Member

    Chickens started out as jungle fowl in the jungles of SE Asia, a pretty rigorous environment.
  20. wyohome

    wyohome Well-Known Member

    Wait till they roost at night and grab or shoot them from their tree.

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