Pros: game, very tame around humans, natural hatching ability, intelligent, hardy, a rare and ancient breed

Cons: game, you can never keep very many together, they don't lay an abundance of eggs






if you noticed that i used the word 'game' for pro and con, i have my reasons. the asil or aseel was imported from the middle east and india because their gameness was used for fighting and grading into american and english games. cockfighting is illegal now and there is not much demand for game chickens that don't lay very many eggs. that being said they are a worthy breed to keep and more breeders should keep a pair or so on their place. i am using them for a grading project with my cubalayas and also using thai gamefowl.





Pros: No better broody hen out there, naturally friendly

Cons: Need their own individual penning arrangements

I can pick any random chicken out of my asil flock and take it to a agro-tourism  event, educational function or a petting zoo, etc. and sit it on a perch or in my lap where hundreds of people walk by and pet it and it will set there and beg to be petted, with zero prior conditioning, any bird in the flock. Perfectly content to be the only chicken there. Love human interaction. They are game, they need their own pen, even the hens. Excellent broody hens that lay more eggs than some sources would have you believe. While slow growing, they are very meaty and taste excellent. It is surprising how heavy they are. Easy to see where the Cornish got their breast if you ever look at a dressed asil. Very special birds.


Pros: broody, intelligent, tame, very muscular

Cons: male aggression - these are game

I purchased two Tuzo type Aseel hens last fall. They have integrated well with our cubalayas. We love watching their athletic antics. They are strong fliers and in winter we make a game of hanging a suet block or other treat in a new tree, just to watch them figure out how to get it. Ours are laying better than expected, and I look forward to letting them brood. In Kentucky their seemingly thin, tight feathering has been no problem.  I personally know of one amazing survival story of this breed- a hen was stolen, survived wild in the forest and returned to her owners nearly a year later.


Pros: broodiest, tame, smart, rare, cool looking,

Cons: Most often has to be kept in pairs, poor layers, slow to mature

I am new to these and only have a pair at the moment. But they are very tame, let me pick them up and eat out of my hand with no "training". Very broody, among the best, better than silkies. Not at all people aggressive, but should idealy be kept in pairs. Have been integrated into non-gamefowl flocks when young and preferably free-ranging, no other cocks. Intelligent. And good rangers. Poor layers. and slow to mature.

 If you raise chickens for the joy of it and for reasons other than just eggs and meat than these are great. 


Pros: Hens are great mothers , roosters Are tame if handled enough . protective of your flock!

Cons: Roosters will fight to the death and hens will fight too

Ive had asils for a long time and i love the chickens, the roosters are docile if held frequently and will wardoff predators but will fight other roosters to the death. The hens you cant beat a being great mothers and are a great adition top a gamefarm or regular coop.☺


Pros: Great mothers, very protective, goes broody about four times a year

Cons: can be aggressive towards humans when raising her chicks

These are the hens I prefer to raise all my chicks as I have a mixed flock and found that the Asil has been the most protective of her young


Pros: protective, broody, strong, guard-hens, tough, smart

Cons: aggressive, strong, guard-hens

I've only ever gotten Aseel hens. I've currently got one, but had two a while back. These hens are extremely tough, so I don't have to worry so much about things getting into the coop, but that also means that I need to be careful.


My current Aseel hen goes broody fairly frequently, and she doesn't take kindly to interference. I have to catch her off the nest to see how the eggs are doing, because the last time I messed with her, she managed to draw blood (not much, but some). She is a determined broody, and doesn't switch nests like all my other birds, but I haven't gotten chicks out of her yet, so I don't know how she does with chicks (she's gone broody twice so far, and last time didn't go very well, but it was probably my fault.)


Aseels are extremely intelligent, in my experience, as my hen knows how to do some damage when she feels she needs to, and will twist her head away when she pecks, trying to tear the skin. She has also managed to peck my hand when I tried to distract her with a piece of straw (I wanted to candle her eggs). I waved the straw in front of her head, and she attacked the hand holding the straw instead. I see her intelligence as a mixed blessing. On the one hand, I can't really mess with her, but on the other hand, she should be able to keep some of my other birds safe, and, hopefully, her chicks.


I've always had a mixed relationship with my Aseels, as I love their broody/protective nature, but I wish they'd be a bit more sociable...


The Aseel/Asil originated in India. Cornish were created by breeding Asils and Old English Games. Rulers of India kept these for cockfighting and for their beauty. The Asil is the strongest gamebird in the world. Males cannot be kept with other males because they will fight until death. Hens can sometimes be kept together but have to be watched closely in case of fighting.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack breasted red, wheaten, dark, spangled, and white, duckwing, blue breasted red, and black.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Pea
Broodiness: Frequent
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Low
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Light Brown

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Friendly,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Black breasted red, wheaten, dark, spangled, and white, duckwing, blue breasted red, and black.

Breed Details:

Asils are very muscular birds. Their feathers are hard, short and the feathers also split at the breastbone. They were bred to not have wattles, so when cockfighting they wouldn't have to worry about them getting infected. Their egg laying is seasonal and not frequent which is why they are somewhat rare. In my experience, my rooster and hen do not mind getting picked up. They are never aggressive towards humans, they even eat out of my hand. They can be aggressive toward other chickens. My hen cannot get along with my other hens and picks on them until they bleed. I would suggest that they are kept together in pairs, possibly a trio. The Asil hens make really good mothers. My rooster seems to like chicks. BYC member,"prariechiken", is the owner of the pair and the hen and her chicks