Although they are not fluffy they are very friendly birds if reared by yourself. Mine live with a group of 10 other birds such as orpington, faverolles etc... But they do tend to gang up on a particular bird now and then and is best to keep in a flock of there own kind, they get on perfectly with anyother animals such as geese.The hens i have are good egg layers for there breed laying every other day from beginning of February to late July.Care needs to be taken with the placing of feeders which should not be on the ground as these birds are so large.Hens don’t lay many eggs and these tend to be confined to a very short laying period of only a couple of months a year.Breakfast – individual oatmeal packets (just add hot water) – fresh fruit (depending on what, may not need a cooler) – eggs & liquid egg whites (*cooler item) – bacon (regular or turkey *cooler item) – greek yogurt (*cooler item) – grilled grapefruit – cereal and granola – pancakes (great idea via Pinterest – can’t find the original source). Freeze it, pack it, and just cut the tip off when you are ready to cook!– Pumpkin Spice French Toast Breakfast In a Jar (make ahead) Banana Peanut Butter Breakfast Cookies (make ahead) Breakfast Sandwiches (Buffalo Chicken Breast or Mediterranean) Mini Frittata’s (make ahead) Snacks – protein bars (Quest or Premier Protein bars or any low sugar, high protein bar) – beef or turkey jerky – nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, etc) – protein powder and shaker cup for protein shakes (just add ice/water) – trail mix or any nuts/dried fruits – rice cakes (flavored or regular) – jarred salsa with baked tortilla chips or pita chips – cheese (*cooler needed) – popcorn snack packs – Snapea Crisps.
However, they can also become very affectionate towards their owners and can be tamed.
These options are best if you have a fridge or cooler.
I’ve never backpacked (or have much of a desire to! ) so I’d always be very careful with what you bring if you don’t have any sort of fridge or cooler.
They are very large birds and their upright stance, long legs and neck make them look even larger than they really are.
The broad head with a small comb, rather fierce expression and projecting eyebrows sits on a wide neck and they are shapely, tight feathered birds, tending to be kept for ornamental purposes rather than egg production or meat.