ORIGIN OF THE BREED
The Boschveld Indigenous Chicken was bred on Mantsole Ranch, near Radium. It was bred from crosses between Venda, Ovambo and Matabele chickens and is recognized as a synthetic indigenous chicken breed.
In general they are light brown with white feathers in between that gives the Boschveld Chicken a unique colouring that blends into Africa. Alertness and survival skills are a strong trait when it comes to defense of predators. Hardiness is an inbred trait to withstand poultry diseases and to produce in free range conditions. The Cocks are strong, aggressive and with a noble
BREED AND PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Sexual maturity: 136 days
Average egg weight: 53.4 g
|Weight at 12 weeks||1.6 kg||1.5 kg|
|Weight at 20 weeks||2.6 kg||1.7 kg|
Characteristics of a Boschveld chicken:
- The chickens survive and produce on what nature can provide, with only a small amount of maintenance feed to boost production.
- They withstand Africa’s varying climatic conditions and keep producing well in free-range conditions.
- They have inbred hardiness, which helps them to withstand poultry diseases.
- Cocks are strong, aggressive and have noble conformation. Hens are very fertile with strong, healthy offspring that grow well.
- Egg production starts at 24 weeks.
- Egg production per hen/week 4 eggs.
- No expensive housing is needed to make a success of a poultry operation.
- Cocks are ready for slaughter at 12 weeks old, depending on nutritional levels.
- The meat has a good flavour.