Chickens

At Wickedfood Earth our chickens are free-range, they live outdoors and are not confined in small cages or overcrowded barns. At present we run two breeds of indigenous chickens (please note, we do not sell chickens):

  • Potchefstroom Koekoek
  • Ovambo
Ovambo chicken

Ovambo cock, with its distinctive colouration that helps to camouflage the bird and protect it from raptor

Potchefstroom Koekoek chicken

Potchefstroom Koekoek lays dark brown eggs and when slaughtered has an attractive deep yellow meat

Wickedfood Earth chickens run about outside, carry out natural behaviors like laying eggs in a nest, flapping their wings, dust bathing, scratching, perching, eating insects for natural protein, as well as grasses and natural seed.

Our chickens do what comes natural, scratching and eating insects for natural protein and seed.

Ovambo cock

Ovambo cock carry out natural behaviors like flapping wings, dust bathing, scratching, and eating insects for natural protein.

Indigenous poultry breeds in South Africa

The most common poultry breeds available in South Africa can be divided into two groups:

  • Multi-purposed indigenous chickens, ideal for a free-range environment, especially rural communities. Breeds include Naked Neck, Venda, Ovambo, Potchefstroom Koekoek and Natal Game. Other European breeds such as the New Hampshire, Rhode Island Red and the Black Australorp, all can servive In this environment, although generally more susceptible to certain diseases and not as hardy.
  • Breeds that are used in an intensive system for either meat or egg production. Ross and Cobb are the most common for meat production, while Hi-Line or Lohmann are the best egg producers.  …. click here for more