Monday, October 25News That Matters

Gamefowls for sale: Where to buy fighting cocks in the Philippines

The Coronavirus pandemic slowed down the cockfighting tradition in the Philippines but “online sabong” brought the sport into the spotlight again, and it’s only getting stronger. Although physical cockfighting is illegal due to social distancing guidelines, the supply of fighting cocks and gamefowls once again is in shortage and could be in trouble in the next few months if the online sabong continues to flourish.

Although many cockpit workers lost their jobs, many are also benefiting from online sabong especially the betting agents. But even though people can only watch and place their bets online, many are still looking to buy gamefowls and want to have entries into the real cockfights that are being televised online.

The majority of the people who are involved in cockfighting know where to buy gamefowls and fighting cocks but if you are new to this business of sports and gambling, continue reading.

The majority of the countries around the world totally banned cockfighting but there are at least 15 countries that allow cockfighting at different levels. These countries are Mexico, Philippines, Madagascar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, and Peru. Although cockfighting is totally banned in the United States, many are still doing it secretly. 

Last year alone in California, more than 3,000 gamefowls and gamecocks were confiscated by authorities and in 2007, a single rais resulted in the confiscation of more than 7,000 fighting cocks. This proved that cockfighting is still alive in many parts of the USA.

It could be difficult in other countries but in the Philippines and other countries where cockfighting is legal, the show must go on. So, if you are from other countries or new to the game of cockfighting and want to buy a gamefowl, all you have to do is to visit any of the following lists of gamefowl breeders:

Where to buy gamefowl and fighting cocks near me?

If you are looking to buy a gamefowl near you but don’t know of any close game farms, all you have to do is to open Google Search and type “Gamefowl breeders in (your province)”. Google Business will give you the lists of breeders near you. You may also do the same with Facebook but don’t look for “gamefowls for sale” directly on Facebook because selling live animals is not allowed. You should look for breeders and not gamefowls.

How much is the average cost of a gamecock?

This question is a bit tricky to answer. There are two types of gamecock. Stag and the older gamefowls. A gamefowl is considered a stag when it is between 8 to 12 months old. If more than 1 year old it is considered a full-grown battle cock. The price of the two varies greatly. The following are factors that could affect the price of the gamefowl.

  1. Breeder reputation and bloodline
  2. Age of the bird
  3. The popularity of the bloodline

In Bacolod where more than 70% of the fighting cocks originate, a stag from a well-known farm could cost between P5,000 to P10,000 and a full-grown battle cock could cost from P10,000 up to P25,000. You can buy the same age of birds from backyard breeders for P3,500 to P6,000 (stag), and from P6,000 to P10,000 (full-grown fighting cock). 

How to transport fighting cocks inside the Philippines?

Transporting a gamecock inside the Philippines is not a major hassle. Just secure a transport permit from the provincial Office of the Bureau of Animal Industry (any province) and you are good to go whether you travel by sea or by air. In Bacolod City, the office of the Negros Occidental BAI is on the Northern side of the Provincial Capitol (North Capitol Road).

If you are coming from Luson going to Visayas and Mindanao and have to go through Batangas City Port, you need to secure the permit inside the port. Just ask the security at the main gate where the office is. 

The best way to transport live birds is by RoRo vessel (not RoRo bus). If you don’t have your own vehicle, don’t take a bus if you are transporting live birds as putting them inside the bus compartment is too risky. The best thing to do is to take a ship directly. You can just tie your birds in an open space inside the ship without the risk of suffocating them. Big ships, including RoRo vessels, have areas where you can place your live chicken. Taking an airplane is advisable only if the compartment has air conditioning or it is ventilated. We had a very bad experience with PAL before so before you transport your birds by air, talk to the dispatcher or the aviation people first. 

Fight-ready gamecocks are expensive and you don’t want them to lose their lives even before entering the cockpit.

See Also:

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *