Feral chicken

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A feral rooster on the island of Kauai
A family of feral chickens, Key West, Florida

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 roost in 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.[1]

Locations famous for feral chickens[edit]



  • Yaffo, Israel



New Zealand[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leonard, Marty L.; Zanette (1998). "Female mate choice and male behaviour in domestic fowl" (PDF). Animal Behaviour. 56 (5): 1099–1105. doi:10.1006/anbe.1998.0886. PMID 9819324. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-05-15. Retrieved 2008-04-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Chicken Roundabout!". Archived from the original on 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-09-05.

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