Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Japanese Bantam : Japanese Aristocrat Pet

Among of all bantam, Japanese Bantam may the most famous Bantam in South East Asia country such Indonesia and Malaysia. A Malaysia Bantam Breeder use the Japanese Bantam to produce the famous Serama Bantam. The Japanese heridate the short leg to Serama.
Some article said that the Japanese origin is Bantam (Banten Province, Indonesia). The Dutch trader introduced the Bantam to the Japanese aristocrat. In Shogun era, only aristocrat Japanese raise the chicken. After the modern era, any people can raise the chicken.
Japanese people also call it Chaebo. Since Japanese cannot pronounce “L" letter the chicken names may Chaebol or Cebol which means "Dwarf". Indonesian people said Cebol for everything that short including people.
A Pair of Black Tail White Chaebo

Since the Chaebo origin is Javanese, I believe the ancestor of the chicken is Red Jungle Fowl (Gallus Gallus).
However, Japan have been success to produce Japanese chicken that is more beautiful than its ancestors. The Indonesian Hobbyist also imported the Chaebo from Japan. We Called it "Katai Jepun". "Katai" is Malay for "Bantam" and "Jepun" is Malay for "Japan".
Japanese Bantam is available in various color such as white, black tail white, black tail buff, buff, and spotted. The white color is most common Japanese. All feather color is white. It is not recommended for lazy people who do not care to the chicken. The black tail white has almost white feather in color except the tail. The black tail is black bug in color. The Black tail Buff is also has black bug tail and buff color majority. The spotted is black with white small spot at the chicken.
The chicken has wide single comb above its head. The beak is medium in size. The legs is white in color and has no feather.
Japanese go broody so it can hatch it own eggs or other bantam eggs. The chicken is also friendly with other people.  That is why people like it very much.
Raising the bantam in your backyard is good to or you can raise it at pen. Due its small size, you do not need a large pen for it.
People raise Chaebo for ornamental only. We cannot eat this tiny chicken that weighs only 510 gram to 610 grams. The eggs is also small like other bantam.
The hen may go broody and good sitter but it bring the lethal gen. A quarter of chicken eggs are lethal means it dies before hatching. Around quarter of Chaebo descendent has longer legs. Do not surprised when you got your bantam chicken is higher than the parent. The Chaebo hen hatch 50% of "normal bantam" which has short leg.
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Serama Bantam
Cochin Bantam
Dutch Bantam
Booted Bantam
Sebright Bantam

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Asiatic Chicken Breed

In Asian Continental, there are some chicken breed. Some chicken have big body and some others have beautiful feather. Some Breeder have used the Asiatic chicken to develop the best breed that has more meat. Here are the Asiatic chicken breed:

Aseels is an Indian chicken breed. This chicken has meaty carcass but the growth is slow; therefore, this bird is not suitable for meat production. The hen lays brown eggs like other Asiatic breed. It has a full breast. It has short and widely spaced shanks. The chicken looks very strong. This chicken is very aggressive to other chicken. The body is slim so it can move fast. It weighs only 6 pounds.

Sumatra is an Asiatic chicken breed from Indonesia. It has slim body which weighs is only 5-6 pounds. This is a descendant of red jungle fowl. It is red partridge in color like its ancestor. The hen lays few light brown eggs. In United States, the breeder developed Sumatra game bird from Sumatra. It is greenish-black plumage in color. Unlike the ancestors, the hen lays white eggs. This is only Asiatic breed whose has white eggs. The Black also has multiple spurs.

Malay is a chicken that has been developed in Malaysia. This chicken is for exhibition only. The breed produces few meats and eggs. The hen lays only 70 eggs in a year. The chicken has big head compared to its body and has a large skull with a cruel expression. Malay chicken is also called Sigun.

Brahma is an Asiatic chicken from India. As guest its name, the bird comes from Brahmaputra Region, South India, India. This is the heaviest Asiatic chicken breed which weighs 10 pounds. The hen weighs 6 pounds. Brahma Chickens have color variation, such as brown, dark, light, and other.

Langshan is a big chicken from Langshan, Chinese. It has full and long breast. The rosters weigh 9 pounds; while, the hens weigh 6 pounds. It has thick plumage. The recognized color of Langshan is black, blue, and white. Some country also developed this breed, such as, French, Dutch and British.

Cochin is a chicken from Shanghai, Chinese. It is a funny chicken due its rumpless (no feather tail). The feather covers the shank and toes. This bird is very docile and tame. This bird is suitable for pets and backyard chicken. The Cochins have many color variation; black, white, buff, barred, golden-laced, silver laced, and partridge. This breed also has bantam variation.

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Famous Dual Purpose Chicken
White Egg Laying Chicken Breed
Gallus Gallus The Parent of Chicken Breed

Monday, January 2, 2012

White egg laying chicken breed

There are various chicken egg shield color, such as, brown, white, blue and green. Most chicken lays brown eggs. If you want white eggs, you need to raise the certain chicken breed. Here are the chickens that lay white eggs:

White leghorn. The bird comes from Tuscany, Italy. It is a small variety of chicken. The roosters weigh 6 pounds and the hens weigh 4.5 pound. The hen can lay up to 300 eggs yearly. This breed is suitable for commercial farm. The chicken is white solid in color. It has mid size single comb with two witted and white earlobes. The feet are yellow in color.

Brown Leghorn. This is the sister of White Leghorn. Unlike the sister, it cannot produce eggs as many as the sister. The roster is red partridge in color; while, the hen is dark brown in color. The neck and saddle color is red orange. It has single comb with six points, double witted and white earlobes.

This is a light type chicken. The roosters weigh 6 lbs; while, the hens weigh 4.5 lbs.

Californian White

This is a big white layer. The California is the descendent of White Leghorn and California Grey rosters. The Roosters weigh 7 lbs and then hens weigh 5.5 lbs. The performance is almost similar to leghorn. It has comb single with six points, double witted and white earlobes.

Buff Catalans

The bird origin is Catalan, near Barcelona, Spain. It is also called as Catalana, or Catalana del Prat Leonada, or just Prat. This breed is dual purpose chicken. The bird is black tail buff in color. This is a Mediterranean chicken breed that lays white eggs. It has clean shanks and comb middle single with six points.

Like other layer hen, the hens are unlikely to go broody. Therefore, you cannot use this chicken to hatch eggs.

Sumatra Black

Sumatra Black is a chicken breed from Sumatra, Indonesia. Although the chicken is black in color, the chicken lays white eggs. Unfortunately, the hen lays few eggs. This chicken is not suitable for commercial. It is black-greenish in color. The rooster has long feather tail.

Cemani Chicken

This bird origin is Java, Indonesia. Indonesian people call it "Ayam Cemani". It lays white eggs too. The hen can lay up to 250 eggs in a year. Unfortunately, this bird is very rare. Only few people care this bird. It is because the chicken has dark meat.