Breeding A Fighting Cock Backyard Style

Black Traveller Fighting Cock. 3X winner in hack fights

There are a lot of big time fighting cock breeders but if you will compare their number with backyard breeders, probably they will just be a fraction.  There are indeed more backyard breeders as compared to those that have game farms and this is a fact especially in the Philippines.

Actually, the game farms exist basically to supply the needs of backyard breeders for a fighting cock.  Because backyard breeders don’t have enough game fowl stock to continuously fight in cock pits, they have to constantly look for game farms that can supply them with the needed bloodlines.  For owners of game farms, breeding is actually more of a business plus passion.  For backyard breeders, it is mostly about passion about cockfighting.

 

Mestizo fighting cock. 5-Time Winner in Hack Fights

Backyard breeders of a fighting cocks can be classified into small, medium, and large.  The small backyard breeder can maintain up to 20 fighting cocks at one time.  The medium sized backyard breeder can have as many as 50  roosters in their backyard and they can be ready to fight in hack fights at least twice a month.  As for the large backyard breeder, their stock of fighting cocks can reach up to 100 at any time of the year.

 

Large backyard breeders can afford to fight in derbies especially if it is only a 3-cock or up to 5 cock derbies but not all the time as their stock can also be easily depleted. Most of them go to fight in the provinces north or south of Luzon to avoid the big time cockers that usually fight in Manila.

Large backyard breeders are also one of the prime sources of small time cockfighting aficionados because the price they offer is definitely cheaper than those in known game farms.  If the price of a battle cross fighting cock is around $500 in game farms, large backyard breeders can offer them at around $200 to $300 most of the time.

One-time hackfight winner fighting cock

Millions of roosters are harvested in Philippine cockpits every year and that is why breeding fighting cocks is already a big industry because billions of pesos are poured in this business every year.

For backyard breeders of fighting cocks, they also follow the nuances involved in breeding. They are also familiar with the bloodlines of battle cocks and have the experience to also prepare their roosters for pit fighting.

There are actually not much differences when it comes to training and the nutrition being given to chickens by both big and small time breeders as the methods used are openly known to almost all aficionados.  The main difference is with the bloodline and the raising of the stock from birth up to the fight.

Some big time breeders do not really offer for sale their first class breeds and offer for sale mostly those that are classified as Class B or C.  Even if a game fowl is given a class B rating, the price is still expensive from game farm owners.  But this is good enough for small time cockers especially if the intention is to only fight in hack fights.

 

The cramped backyard of a small time breeder where the fowl is raised has a great effect on the ultimate performance of the fighting cock in later years.  This is the reason why big time breeders have farms where their fowl are ranged and given freedom especially when they are still young.  Strong foundation is one of the main secrets of big time breeders and this is something that is not available to small backyard breeders of fighting cock.

**Pictures courtesy of Jimmy. A medium sized backyard breeder from Muntinlupa city

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