Saipan chickens are commonly called Jungle Fowl, although they are not true Jungle Fowl. They were feral chickens living on Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, when a few were brought to the United States in 1945. They have since became extinct in Saipan due to extensive crossbreeding.
Saipans have tight feathering and shorter tail feathers than most other breeds. By age 2 to 3 years the males become extremely muscular and upright in stature, and can stand 2 to 3 feet tall.
Although Saipan chickens are slow to mature, they are alert to predators, good foragers, and highly tolerant of hot, humid weather. The hens are good broodies and make excellent mothers. Here at Cackle Hatchery we have been developing our strain of pure wheaten Saipan chickens since 1996.
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I ordered specifically Saipan and all died as soon as they arrived. Very disappointed.
Cackle Hatchery –
I’m sorry you didn’t have a great experience. I do see that your order arrived in a timely fashion and when you reached out 2 days after arrival, you had only lost 2. I’m sorry you continued to have loss, shipping can be stressful for baby chicks and the apple cider vinegar the representative suggested seemed to help them recover, based on your communication with our rep. I wouldn’t foresee this happening again if you were to reorder.
Just picked these guys up from my post office. ALL of them were alive as well as the extras. Within a couple hours they were all very active and eating well and drinking in the brooder. I did grind up there chick feed into more of a powder for easy digestion. Have too say I was nervous about the 1000+ mile journey through the mail. I’m from Idaho and it is still cold here in the spring but they were well packed and shipped on time as was promised. I will be ordering through Cackle Hatchery again in the future.
Life long buyer!
I ordered Jungle fowl this spring, all chicks including the extra arrived healthy! We handled them daily and they are still hand friendly! Although they are slow growing, the jungle fowl still kept up with the Brahma chicks in growth. By six months they were all the same height, but a little lighter in weight. Very neat breed to add to anyone’s flock! Thank you!
I Love These Birds!
These Saipans have proven to be very friendly and hearty birds. I live in South Central Texas, where the winter weather can vary wildly from day to day. As of this writing my Saipans are handling the temperature swings like champs.
Although they are not hardy one of 3 died in transit crackle sent another out right away and were easy to work with. They look cool and stand out from the flock. We are getting ready to go though our first winter with them but so far so good.
Excellent high quality in perfect health
Beautiful birds mine are 8months males are 2.5 ft, stunning birds lot of compliments.
Such a cool breed of birds, not resilient to shipping. They all died- other breeds were okay. I wasn’t compensated
Not for the Cold
They came perfectly packaged and chirping. As previous comments stated, these are slow maturing birds. I bought them the same time as my Welsummers, and they still looked like little bantams while the Welsummers looked full grown after 6 months. Also, I live in Michigan and have a large “free range” style coop. They did good for Spring and Summer, but once Fall hit, none of them survived. Not the hatcheries fault, just be wary about cold weather protection if you get these birds. I might try another batch once I modify my coop for them.
Very slow to mature as expected
I ordered a few SJF and only one survived shipping. Very weak chicks. These birds are very slow growing. The one that survived is 6 months old and looks like 2 month old chick. I have her separated from the other chickens and she is very tame.
I order a bunch of chicks, the Saipan arrived dead or dying (died a few hours after box opened). Replacements were sent and they also arrived dead and dying. If the chicks can’t handle shipping it is irresponsible to ship them. I have ordered many chicks from many hatchery and never had this problem.
Big D –
Great birds/great service
I ordered some Saipan Jungle Fowl 9 years ago from your Cackle Hatchery. The chicks were mishandled at the post office (no fault of Cackle’s) and 1/3 of the chicks were dead. I called and spoke to Jeff and he made it more than right. I still have a few of the birds ( a test to longevity in the genetics). In response to a previous review, KEEP IN MIND THESE ARE SLOW MATURING BIRDS. I’d say it was 3 or 4 years before they were what you’d call fully mature. Our rooster, Eyeball Chambers, is between 10-12 pounds. Thanks Cackle Hatchery. You all do a great job.
Elberton, GA –
Not the same
I order 9 in March 2018, cackle give me one extra. I got 10 total. The males are totally different from the one I saw it here. The males weight less than 6 lbs.
Carey Unknown May 2015 –
Chicks / Saipan Jungle Fowl
The chicks arrived safety. Very healthy and well packed. Thank You.