African Chicken breeds – where is the original African chicken? We have many breeds of chickens in Africa – many are mixtures of chickens from overseas. Go out to the rural areas and you will see many different types of chickens free ranging – but none of them are true African poultry breeds.
After chicken farming became commercial – some 60 years ago, the original African wild chicken breed was diluted. Anyone who know where the original African chicken can be found I would like to know. Overseas chicken breeds like Ross and Cob are now the norm – there are maybe 10 breeds of commercial layers and broiler chickens in South Africa – none of them have any African chicken genes. Bred for laying or meat they are very different from the African chicken.
What is the fuss you might ask? Well if we could get the original African chicken genes we could breed a chicken that likes and thrives in Africa – especially for free range chicken farming. Avian flu would most likely not have any effect. As it stands – all the grand parent stock for these current commercial breeds are not owned by African, but by overseas people – this puts us in a precarious situation. Thinks how great it would be to farm organic eggs with an original african chickens. Or African broilers in a broiler house.