Malay Chicken

The Malay Chicken is critically endangered.  We are still working on building a quality Malay flock.  The true Malay is an elusive bird, and we’ve been sent on a few wild chicken chases trying to get good stock.  There is no studbook, no pedigree information, in the poultry world.  This means when you buy hatching eggs or day old chicks you wait, and wait, and wait, as the birds SLOWLY mature, to see what they will be.  We’re optimistic that we’ll have quality stock and be able to sell hatching eggs and live birds soon.

UPDATE 9-10-2020

As a result of the difficulty of finding a truly inspiring and healthy Malay in the United States we have started the “M.I.G.H.T.“ Project.

“M.I.G.H.T.“ Project stands for:
Malay Invigoration Gene Hybridization Team.

This project will strive to invigorate the Malay breed while
also encouraging the preservation and heightening appreciation of the
majestic ancient Indian Aseel (also spelled Asil and Azeel)
breed that has over 500 variations. One
of the variations of the Aseel breed is the Malay type.

First goal of this project is to give back to the Malay what it has given
to the poultry industry:  Might/ Vigor.

Second goal is the preservation of ancient foundation breeds of Aseel
such as the Indian Kulang, Turkish Hint and Afghani Kolangi

Third goal is to have a bird that can give back to future generations
the spark that will come from a treasure trove of genetic diversity
that the Mighty Malay will possess.

The fourth and possibly the most important goal to Cascadia Heritage
Farm is actively pursuing our values by appreciating the miracle of
existence. We believe that a collaborative effort to save such
important critically endangered heritage farm animals heightens
appreciation. We believe bearing witness to such majestic,
wonderful beasts encourages hope that kindles a spark that will take
flight, and that by saving them we save ourselves.

Our core approach to achieve the above goals is carefully and
thoughtfully hybridizing ancient foundation breeds of Aseel to
preexisting Malay type birds including American Malays and Brazilian
Indo Gigante to bring back a healthier breed standard for the Malay.
What we are envisioning as breed standard for the “M.I.G.H.T.“ Project
is a  bird that is medication free, disease free, with tremendous
vigor, personable, highly intelligent, upright posture possessing the
classic three curves, with a large head crowned with an impressive
walnut comb, large short parrot like beak, a menacing brow, strong and
long bright yellow muscular legs, massive with an ancient appearance
of a bygone era.  We want to ignite people’s imaginations as they behold
this terrible beauty as it eats your lunch from dining room table.

The birds that are bred through the M.I.G.H.T. Project will be coined
as “Mighty Malays” to avoid confusion with preexisting birds. We will
keep records of where the birds come from in our breeding program to
our best knowledge.

Our line of Mighty Malays here will be termed Cascadia Mighty Malays
and hope others will join us to create their own lines of Mighty
Malays.  We are actively looking for others who would like to collaborate and help contribute to the M.I.G.H.T. Project.

Our first priority at Cascadia Heritage Farm is to work on our
infrastructure to house the breeding stock in a safe, clean, efficient, and healthy fashion.
We would like to have the ability to rotate birds easily from pen to pen so they
can be clean and soils replanted.  We have a pressure washer that
might be useful for this project.  We would like to plant cereal rye
in their pen and in their runs to help process chickens waste.

We will start by first researching how best to organize their areas
over the coming months. Accessing the birds with easy feeding,
watering and cleaning are key goals for this project along with ample
space for them to stretch their legs and wings.  We are targeting April 1st,
Fool’s Day, to start the actively obtaining and breeding for this
project.  We will be researching and collaborating over the coming
months to take the first steps to begin organizing for the

M.I.G.H.T. Project.

Please reach out to us at Cascadia Heritage Farm if you would like to
get involved in the M.I.G.H.T. Project.

 

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12-13-20

12:21 pm Sunday

I received my first pair of breeding Malay Chickens from George Clark of Arizona.

These birds came in two boxes by USPS and arrived in two days.

The birds came in great health and the postal works were excited when I picked them up.  They said the birds were making lots of noise. A few women in the sorting area actually cheered.  I believe they were excited to have the birds there at the post office.  These are the first two birds for the M.I.G.H.T Project.

Neil, a friend of mine, has joined this project and is doing a wonderful job helping me source these majestic birds.  Neil put me in contact with George.

George is a pleasure to work with, a real gentleman who shares similar values to ours at Cascadia heritage farm.  I asked him a little about himself and he and his family have a small hobby farm.

He wants to help preserve bloodlines of Malays and Shamo chickens.

He started with his Shamos in 2006 and Malays 2011. He takes great care with his birds with providing them oral B complex vitamins, de-wormer, mite dustings to keep is birds healthy and happy. He also has Dorper sheep, emus, Muscovy ducks, guinea hens and peacocks to name a few. He has a 9 to 5 job but does this because

he believes it matters to care for and preserve these animals. He told me he does this to help reduce stress and to keep himself from getting rich.  I respect his approach and his love for his birds.

He searches out new Malays each year to add to his breeding program.

He knows the value of adding diversity/ new blood to his flock.

This careful breeding/ animal husbandry can be witnessed in  the birds we received from George.

The hen is from a Pyle rooster from Dennis Campbell from Tennessee.  According to George, Dennis only bred for a few years.  The hen is a year and half old and is laying eggs. She is beautiful!

The young rooster is a grandson of the Billy Sumner bloodline from North Carolina. The rooster is only 6 months old and is quite tall and handsome.

These are healthy, beautiful birds.  I am hoping to add Rodney Profit bloodlines to our project when George has a breeding pair ready next year.

Here is a video link showing the start of the M.I.G.H.T Project: Malay Invigoration Gene Hybridization Team: with a beautiful breading pair of George Clark’s Malay chickens

 

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1-3-21

8:37 am Sunday

Shuna, Viggo and I went on an adventure to Custer, WA near the Canadian border a few weeks ago. My good friend Neil helped discover a rare Asil population nearly in our backyard! I was excited to see photos of the birds.  They were quite primitive looking and would be great contributors to our M.I.G.H.T project.

We made arrangement to visit Surinder and his son Jag. We made the trip and were received warmly by Jag and Surinder on their beautiful farm. They have a blueberry farm and Jag kindly showed my son an interesting blueberry harvesting machine.  We were led to see the Asils and we were not disappointed.  These are primitive looking, very healthy, very vigorous, and very difficult to catch birds!  Surinder had the skills to capture his wonderful beasts. He handed me the rooster and I was surprised how muscular and strong the bird was.

I got one large black rooster, a black hen, and a brown hen.  I am very pleased with these birds.  I learned from Surinder that these birds are from Mukathsur city in the Punjab region. Surinder has been breeding this rare line of Asils for 20 years. I am excited because the love Surinder has for these birds is what keeps these rare genetics alive.  He has carefully, thoughtfully and with love bred and preserved this strain, fighting the trend of these rare breeds of domesticated animals disappearing.

The world cultures are changing faster than we can comprehend. What it is to be human is changing faster than we can comprehend. As we forget the old ways, we forget ourselves.  As we forget our partners, the other living creatures we experience our lives with, we lose ourselves.  Not only have vigorous Asils invigorated our poultry industry to allow us to have a chicken in every pot, but our partnership with these animals has tethered us.  As we float away in a world of incomprehensible complexity, I am thankful to be grounded by the roar of these primitive beasts.  Thank you Surinder and Jag for your hospitality.  Thank you Surinder for your love of these animals and for your preservation of these genetics.

What you have done matters, and we at Cascadia Heritage Farm appreciate your efforts.  Thank your for the gift of the Java, we are doing our best to keep him comfortable.