Philippine Native Chicken on the Spot light
"When it comes to taste, those who have tasted it would say that it is by far one of the most flavourful chicken meat around."
I've been reading around quite a while and haven't found an article regarding this beautiful breed. So I'll post this article for you to read on and have quite an idea about our proud native breed of chickens.
The Philippine native chicken bearing the scientific name Gallus gallus domesticus is popularly raised by Filipinos in their backyards. Having a population of about 22.6 million and mostly free ranged, this chicken is hardy and well-adapted in the harsh temperature of the tropics and hardy against common illness of chickens. This breed is a product of breeding different strains and one of them is the Red Jungle Fowl. During the early times, the earlier breed which was brought by foreigners and traded with natives was raised in the backyard is just allowed to roam freely and sometimes wander in the woods. There, they have mingled with the Red Jungle Fowl and thus started the evolution of the Philippine Native Chicken breed. This is also found to be the reason why they are so hardy and flighty( Mine can even fly more than 8ft!).
Unlike western strains, this breed cannot be sexed by just looking at their colors due to their mixed heritage
THE 3 HERITAGE BREEDS ( taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Native_Chicken )
The Parawakan fowl resembles the Asil fowl of India.
Rose-combed and is predominantly black in color. Upright tail and is black in color with some white feathers at the base. Rose comb with bright red earlobes, can have white earlobes.
Long-legged breed, stands upright with yellow to gray shanks.
The Banaba fowl is a staight-combed breed.
Black breasted with red-orange hackle feathers in roosters. Hens are wheaten in color, straight-combed. Black Tail feathers on both sexes. Straight-comb with bright red earlobes, can have white earlobes. Stands upright with slate colored shanks.
The Joloanon fowl resembles the Asil fowl of India.
Pea combed with brown red-orange feathering with streaks of black, white color Hens are brown and had brown-black hackle feathers
Black Tail feathers on both sexes. Straight-comb with bright red earlobes, can have white earlobes. Heavy breed, stands upright with yellow to gray shanks.
The Philippine Native Chicken are friendly chickens with a good nature. They are very good pets for children, but they can get aggressive when annoyed.
Philippine Native Chicken are tough birds, resistant to illness, good at foraging and free ranging, and typically docile, quiet, and friendly. Although they are widely known as good layers through cold periods, if the coop temperature drops below freezing (0 °C (32 °F)), their output drops considerably, and the tips of their combs become very susceptible to frostbite.
Although usually friendly, Philippine Native Chicken roosters, and sometimes hens, can be quite aggressive towards young children and adults. Most roosters will also attack strangers (humans or animals) if they feel nervous or have never seen the intruder. They are usually friendlier with familiar people, such as those responsible for feeding. Both hens and roosters are known to be aggressive with other chickens, especially in confinement.
Even though they can have an aggressive nature, if raised properly and lovingly, they can be quite loving. They will come when called or when they can see their owner and will walk with him/her just as a dog would. It has even been reported that one Native hen was a "lap chicken", who would walk over and climb into the lap of their owner who was sitting in the grass. These chickens care for each other as well, and often stay in a group. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_Native_Chicken)
So that was just a glimpse of this wonderful bird. Hardy, tasty, meaty, yummy.
If there is anything else you wanna know please comment below or send me a PM.
For tips about taking care of them, read on http://www.scribd.com/doc/89626269/Pag-Aalaga-Ng-Native-Chicken