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Flightless chickens
Topic Started: Apr 16 2010, 02:42 PM (1,135 Views)
ItHasTeeth
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Anyone else think it would be possible for feral chickens to become large flightless animals (probably of the savanna, much like an ostrich)?
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El Squibbonator
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Yes! In fact, I have several flightless ratite-like descendants of domestic chickens in the Neozoic!
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Bexi
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flightless chickens are possible at isolated islands,there was giant megapode(sylviornis) tall as adult man,but they went extinct after humans arrive to new caledonia
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Pando
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Chickens are almost flightless though. Not a big switch.
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Bexi
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yeah,but they are defenseless,so they survive only at isolated islands.I dont think that chidkens survive for example in europe..stoats,martens,cats and foxes,they kill chicken very easy
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Pando
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I guess. Losing flight will stop its best defense of predators.
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Margaret Pye
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Some breeds of domestic chicken are fairly capable of self-defence - bantams, for example. Although those do tend to be the breeds that are best at flight.

On the other hand, it sounds entirely plausible to take a bantam, subject it to pressures for larger size, have it compensate for worse flight with faster running, and eventually wind up with an ostrich.
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Pando
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Well, isn't that how ratites evolved?

But Bantams are small chickens.
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MitchBeard
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Bantams are about as close as domestic chickens get to the ancestral jungle fowl.

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I dont think that chidkens survive for example in europe


You're right, they probably wouldn't survive in europe. But neither would a lot of other tropical species.
They'd probably do well enough in Central or South America, and I know there are wild populations in Northern Australia
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SIngemeister
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Gamecocks (that is, chickens used for cockfights) would have a pretty good chance. They are vicious, and incredibly territorial. I saw one drive a sheepdog off
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Nimor
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What would be the point of flightless chickens? They don't fly really well, so it won't be a big jump in technology.
As for the subject how to do it, I bet they can invent some sort of serum that they can inject into the chickens, which will destroy their wings, making them unable to fly, as much as they can.
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Dark-Matter
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Here is an idea of flightless chicken evolution: http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=speculative%20biology&order=9&offset=48#/d2eunzu
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