Pros: size, dinosour-like appearance

Cons: eat ALOT

I used to raise and show Wheaten Malay. They are awesome dinosaur-like birds. Your friends will be surprised to see a chicken like this. Mine were out of German stock. The cock was 38" tall (over 3 feet) and weighed as much as some of our turkeys. We had to use a goose legband for him, his legs were massive and long. They have cool personalities, they are not afraid of anything. They eat alot. I had no problems with cockerels because i always would separate them from the girls at 4-6 weeks and put an old cock with them to stop fights from escalating. They can be kept this way until they are about 5 months, then they need their own pen. Once you separate them from their coopmates, do not try to reintroduce them. They need alot of space to range and excercise. they cannot fly. They will lay and breed well if given enough space to excercise. They take two years to mature to full size. It is cool to be sitting on a chair and have a chicken walk up to you and look you in the eye! They have pearl colored eyes and a heavy brow which makes an even more intense looking expression.

Not good for kids because they could accidentally hurt your child. When stressed they go into "fight mode" not "flight" so if they are scared, handle them respectfully.


Pros: good against predators, look after them-self well

Cons: eat heaps, agressive

my malays can get over 90cm tall and over 6kg

mine are very aggresive to other chooks but fine with people.

mine also pretty much live wild looking after themself fine.

the hens are awsome mothers but can break eggs, because of their weight and will atack anything to protect them, mine go for snakes, dogs, cats and more........but this can also mean the death of them or their chicks because one accidental kick will kill them with ease.

hope this is helpful

cheers MANZO

1 of my malay boys



Pros: largebirds that tolerate heat well,people orientated,easy to tame

Cons: large,roosters are gentle but at over 2ft tall should be watched around small childre n . Eat a lot,are very greedy!n

I have been breeding Malays for only 18 months. I used to breed Silkies,but fell in love with these ugly giants. If raised from young they become very tame,and I can lay one of them on her back on the palm of my hand and she won't move! I wouldn't have them around small children,simply because they grow so tall,they can be eyeball to eyeball with a toddler and may not mean to inflict harm,but a peck could be lethal! Also,they are very greedy,and will jump up and grab any food that you are carrying! But I love my Malay Game,and fell that they are well worth any effort I put into their upkeep.


Pros: Beautiful and exotic

Cons: Not good chickens if you want eggs. They give roughly 20 per year. Can be grumpy with other Roosters.

Malay is a nice breed for someone who just wants something different and fun. They can be unfriendly to other roosters but usually work it out pretty well. i changed thinking to more utility birds and so they had to go. i do this with plants as well.


Pros: Loof Funky

Cons: Can be used as a fighting bird

I just love the look of themlove.gif


Pros: friendly, pretty eggs, different looking

We added a Malay to our already established flock and it was picked on big time. We will never do that again, lesson learned. However because it was so picked on, it was very friendly towards us. They are scary looking because they are so tall and have pointy eyebrows but ours was quite sweet until she decided to sit on her eggs and started protecting them from us. Layed an egg a day for us :) 


Pros: Unusual; good tempered; excellent as pets and show birds

Cons: Harder to handle due to size; hard to find; eat a lot

I have been searching for Malay for about half a decade now and finally got my first pair. They are more wonderful than I could have imagined. Their size and sturdiness is awe inspiring; they are the most unusual and yet majestic fowls I have come across. If not handled they may be rather flighty, however after handling my pair they have begun to tame down nicely. They can be a little hard to handle if you don't know how to properly hold and move a bird of this size. They do eat tons, and are very picky eaters. I do not see them being useful producers of either eggs or meat at any point. They also require a lot of space. However, if you have the time, space, money, and of course interest in the breed, they can be very rewarding to keep.



Pros: unusual, not common, tall

Cons: not heavy layers, hard to find

I have been oogling Malays for a long time. I finally got my first trio at a show Saturday (1/7/12). They are red pyle projects from a breeder/shower. He is re-creating the color because he couldn't find any. I love them! They are just over 2 ft tall, and probly weigh 9+ lbs each. I'm hoping to get a BBRed rooster and hen from him to work on the color also.


Project color Red Pyle 1yr old hen, and 7 month old cockeral

1 year old project color red pyle henRed pyle (project color) 7 mth old Cockeral


The Malay originated in Southeast Asia and is one of the most ancient breeds of chicken. Paintings of chickens resembling a Malay have been seen from the 1400's. They came to England around the 1830's, and were very popular until the Cochin was developed. The Black Breasted Red Malay was admitted as a standard in 1833, and it is still the most common color, although others do exist in small breeding pools. Malay sold by hatcheries in the US are not Malay, but a combination of Oriental gamefowl bred together in an attempt to create a stronger gene pool for retail sale. True Malays do tend to be somewhat fragile within the US gene pool, and they require a lot of care to properly raise. This includes specialized nutritional issues, heat requirements as they are not cold hardy, and large pen sizes to accommodate their large stature and need for exercise. They are a gentle bird, however, and have extraordinary personalities which usually include being very friendly and dog-like with people, although they can occasionally be disagreeable with other birds. They are, however, the least aggressive of all Oriental gamefowl. Malay should be tall in stature, with yellow shanks and a cushion (aka walnut) comb. Their wattle should be minimal and their stance extremely upright. Their body profile should be composed of 3 arches when standing at alert - the neck, the body, and the tail should all show an arch. They are very slow maturing, taking 2 years to reach full size in many cases, and the roosters rarely crow until they are a year or more in age. The meat of the Malay is said to be more dense than that of the typical broiler chicken, and some cultures consider it a delicacy, although it is usually used in soups and such to soften the meat fibers. They are generally poor layers and broodiness is highly variable.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Wild / restless,Flighty
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack, White, Spangled, Red Pyle and Black Breasted Red, Wheaten (female only) NOTE- I am still trying to gather photos, so any help is appreciated!
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Strawberry
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:

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

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Wild / restless,Flighty

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Black, White, Spangled, Red Pyle and Black Breasted Red, Wheaten (female only) NOTE- I am still trying to gather photos, so any help is appreciated!

Breed Details:

Malays are known for their sinister expression (created by broad skulls, obtruding eyebrows, and upward slanting eyes), their very long legs, and their long life expectancy. Along with that, these gigantic birds (some can be over 3 ft tall!) love to exercise. Their legs have 4 toes and their skin is yellow. The young hens will lay 70-120 eggs annually and the older hens lay 30-55 a year. These birds don't do well in winter or cold climates because of their hard-feathered bodies. The Malay should possess the 3 convex curves: the neck, back, and tail. The cocks should weigh 9 pounds while the hens are at 7 pounds. The roosters are intolerant of other roos and will attack anyone that goes near their hens because of their aggressive and pugnacious nature. Guaranteed any visitors you have (or intruders) will think twice about entering your home with this flock of dinosaur birds lounging around your yard.