Malay

Breed Rating (6 Reviews)

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Friendliness
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History

The breed came to England around 1830 from Asia originally for cock fighting purposes. They are very large birds and their upright stance, long legs and neck make them look even larger than they really are. The broad head with a small comb, rather fierce expression and projecting eyebrows sits on a wide neck and they are shapely, tight feathered birds, tending to be kept for ornamental purposes rather than egg production or meat. They are a long lived, energetic breed and there is a bantam version available.

Behaviour

Malay cockerels are intolerant of other cockerels, seeking fights with each other and attacking anyone attempting to go near to their hens. For this reason, they shouldn’t be kept in large groups and it is better to keep them as pairs or trios. However, they can also become very affectionate towards their owners and can be tamed. The hens often become broody but aren’t suited to sitting because of their long legs. They don’t tolerate confinement well and need plenty of exercise to maintain their sleek physique. Care needs to be taken with the placing of feeders which should not be on the ground as these birds are so large. Hens don’t lay many eggs and these tend to be confined to a very short laying period of only a couple of months a year. They are very large birds and cockerels weigh around 9lbs while the hens are 7lbs.

Varieties

The Malay can be found in the following colours:- black, black-red, pyle, spangled and white.

Status

Rare

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Latest Reviews For Malay (5 of 6)

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One of a kind - Lucy ,

These are my favourite breed of chicken. I have been breeding them for 6 years now, before i had standard Orpington's and peking etc... Although they are not fluffy they are very friendly birds if reared by yourself. Otherwise they are hard to tame. Mine live with a group of 10 other birds such as orpington, faverolles etc... as long you have space they are fine together. But they do tend to gang up on a particular bird now and then and is best to keep in a flock of there own kind, they get on perfectly with anyother animals such as geese. The hens i have are good egg layers for there breed laying every other day from beginning of February to late July. Easy to maintain never had any lice, but low success rate to breed and could keel over at any time. Overall brilliant bird with a amazing presence!


Adopted Malay - Lorraine ,

Twiggy was found wandering on a main road picked up and brought to me for some well needed TLC. Named Twiggy due to those very long legs, but grand kids affectionectly named meep meep Road Runner. She has settled in well with my three other hens mixed breeds only had her six weeks nobody has come to claim her and she is such a cuddle magnet. But last week she got very broodie and has taken over the lay box, she has not been with the roo but she has been sitting at the other side of the mesh with Jock at the other side he is a big lad more of a pet shares his coup with Tam his brother both the Roos follow me around in evening when all the single ladies are in bed. All my birds including two saved from the pot Peking bantiums, the big boys also saved from kneck stretching. Amazing at the peacefulness between them all. How long will twiggy sit for I have no fertilised eggs sometimes I get partridge eggs from gamekeeper which girls love and look after them as their own babies. Thanks for listening. Lorraine


malay - Manzo ,

I found these birds very aggresive and should never be kept with other poultry, which includes geese and turkeys. They will fight anything so are not a breed for the beginer. but they are very hardy and look after themselves amazingly well.


They are a delight to own - Lucy ,

They are amazing birds to own and are a delight to watch running around the field. If i could some them, up they are like thoroughbreds.


prehistoric looking - Nigel ,

I keep 3 pairs of these large game type fowl and they are the least demanding of all my birds. They like to follow you around the garden to see what you are up to, also look very funny when running, they do come in bantam.

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