Malay Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Sigun Chicken; Kampung Chicken

The basics:
The Malay is an "Asian Hard Feather" breed of chicken originating in Asia, most likely in northern India. It is unknown why they were called Malay, but perhaps because of a mistake by the former East India Company, when they introduced that exotic new breed around 1570. The Malay was first shown in England in 1845, and was included in the first British Book of Standards of 1865. At the turn of the twentieth century the Malay was the first breed to be bantamized, the bantams proving to be more popular than the large fowl.

Unfortunately, the Malay Chicken is currently rare, and has been given a classification of "threatened" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Strawberry Comb): Black, Black Breasted Red, Red Pyle, Spangled, Wheaten, White
Uses: Ornamental
Personality: Very tame and easily handled. Roosters are highly aggressive amongst one another, and hens are on the top of the pecking order. Great, caution should be taken, when adding these birds to a flock.
Bantam: 36 - 44 oz
Largefowl: 7 - 9 lbs
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: Light Brown
Egg size: Large

What else you should know:
Malays are very rare and sadly many lines suffer from health issues. Some have tremors, and other genetic disorders. Culling for health is essential. Malays (particularly young cockerels) can develop issues walking, so putting them on a low protein diet is important. This usually occurs around 12-16 weeks of age.

Malay chickens have long legs that hold a great deal of weight. Because of this proper feeding is important. Unlike many game breeds, birds grow better on lower protein diets as it allows them to mature slower. Besides this Malays should consume plenty of fruits, veggies, and bugs.






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Malay Chicken Health Tip

Malay Chicken

From DianeTiwana Mar 25 2014 5:38PM


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