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Gamefowls for Sale: Where to Buy Fighting Cocks in the Philippines

Are you spending a lot of time online searching for gamefowls for sale near you? Are you looking to enter the game of fighting roosters? Continue reading.

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. It could be in trouble in the next few months if the online sabong continues to flourish. (Update: The legality of Online Sabong has been discontinued due to the massive addiction of many Filipinos affecting many families.

Although many cockpit workers lost their jobs, many also benefit from online sabong, especially 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 being televised online.

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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.

Although most countries around the world ban cockfighting, at least 15 countries allow it at different levels. These countries are Mexico, the Philippines, Madagascar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Panama, and Peru. Although cockfighting is 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 the show must go on in the Philippines and other countries where cockfighting is legal. So, if you are from another country or new to the game of cockfighting and want to buy a gamefowl, all you have to do is visit any of the following lists of gamefowl breeders:

Lists of gamefarms and gamefowl breeders in Bacolod and Negros Island

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 nearby game farms, all you have to do is open Google Search and type “Gamefowl breeders in (your province).” Google Business will give you a list 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. It would be best if you looked for breeders and not gamefowls.

Gamefowls for Sale: 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 between 8 to 12 months old. If more than one year old, it is regarded as a full-grown battle cock. The price of the two varies greatly. The following are factors that could affect the cost 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 exact 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 gamefowls for sale fighting cocks inside the Philippines?

Transporting gamefowls for sale 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 will be 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 Luzon to Visayas and Mindanao and must go through Batangas City Port, you must 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 vehicle, don’t take a bus if you are transporting live birds; putting them inside the bus compartment is too risky. The best thing to do is to take a ship directly. You can tie your birds in an open space inside the boat 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.

Questions related to Gamefowls and Gamecocks

Who is the best gamefowl breeder in the Philippines?

Nene Abello—Gamefowl Breeder. Many have described Nene Abello as a Living legend, a true gentleman, and a world-renowned gamefowl champion. He is a well-respected gamefowl breeder and a true icon of Philippine Cockfighting. Abello also breeds gamefowls for sale.

How much is a Gamefowl for sale in the Philippines?

According to Mitra, a class A battle stag costs P12,000 today, while a class A battlecock costs from P15,000 to P20,000. A trio may cost P45,000, he added.

Why is the gamefowl industry highly appreciated in the Philippines?

The availability of resources has also triggered the growth of the industry because many Filipinos, particularly those in the countryside, can look for ways to source available cash, of course within their respective means, to finance the raising and keeping of gamefowl – as a hobby, sport, or even enterprise.

What is the toughest rooster breed?

The Thai Game Fowl is considered the most aggressive breed of chicken. This bird originated in Thailand and was originally bred for cockfighting. Thai Game Fowl are known for their enormous muscular bodies and sharp claws.

Is rooster fighting illegal in the Philippines?

Cockfighting, locally termed sabong, remains a popular pastime in the Philippines, where both illegal and legal cockfights occur. Legal cockfights are held in cockpits every week, while illegal ones, called tupada or tigbakay, are held in secluded cockpits where authorities cannot raid them.

Where is cockfighting most popular?

Cockfighting is still prevalent in much of the Asia-Pacific region, especially in Indonesia and parts of South Asia, but mostly illegal outside the Philippines, Thailand, and Guam.

Where is cockfighting usually played in the Philippines?

Cockfights in the Philippines are held year-round, though Sundays are the best day. In Cabuyao, Laguna, there are cockfights at the Cabuyao Coliseum every day except Monday. Many towns and cities throughout the Philippines (including Manila) have cockpits. Cockfighting is held all over the Philippines.

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