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Feral chickens are derived from domestic chickens (Gallus gallus domesticus) who have returned to the wild. Like the red junglefowl (the closest wild relative of domestic chickens), feral chickens will take flight and roost in tall trees and bushes in order to avoid predators at night.
Feral chickens typically form social groups composed of a dominant cockerel, several hens, and subordinate cocks. Sometimes the dominant cockerel is designated by a fight between cocks.
Locations famous for feral chickens
- Bermuda Islands
- Fair Oaks, California, United States
- Vieques, Puerto Rico, United States
- Yuba City, California, United States
- Fitzgerald, Georgia, United States
- Galston Gorge, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
- Key West, Florida, United States
- Gotha, Florida, United States
- Miami, Florida, United States
- Kauai, Hawaii, United States
- Los Angeles, California, United States
- St. Augustine, Florida, United States
- San Juan Bautista, California, United States
- Houston, Texas, United States
- Chicken Roundabout (A143), Bungay, Suffolk, England, Great Britain
- Port Chalmers, New Zealand
- Totton, Hampshire, England, Great Britain
- U.S. Virgin Islands
- British Virgin Islands
- New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
- Oviedo, Florida, United States
- Ybor City, Florida, United States
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- Chickens on White Oak Drive – HAIF
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