PRO: These birds are like the Aseels(body type-wise) but not as aggressive. they make great parents but only breed during the Spring (poor egg layers). They make Great pets, they're winter hardy, very tame & their organs, bones and meat is Black. & Roosters are Super Beautiful!
Cons: if you live in a place where the weather is Bi-polar like CO or KS, you'll need supplements in their waters like ACV (organic, with the mother) or bleach(not a supplement), add about a table Spoon in a gallon of water. NEVER MIX THE TWO!! they'll get sick from the every changing weather.
Young Cockerel 4months
These little guys are about 1month. When these birds hatch their feathers are All Black until they reach the age of 5months, then they start developing colors. except for the females, females 75% of the time only come in solid colors, like solid black or solid blue etc.
Hmong Stag at 6Months
These birds are just like anyother chicken (attitude wise) they'll fight among themselves to establish dominance. this type of fowl is alot like the Black Sumatra, they wont kill another bird or each other & they'll stop fighting once a flock leader is established. What i like to do to stop young birds from fighting is putting an adult Rooster with young Pullets and Cockerels.
Feed- They're no different from other fowls when it comes to what they eat. they'll thrive on Corn. I like to add Dry cat food, Chick starter, sometimes... Cooked/steamed Rice, Hard boilEggs, Manufactured poultry feed & lots of Greens to their diet. The Hmong Chicken is a High Octane bird and will be at their best if they are allowed to free-range and given a grain-based feed ration to supplement what they are able to find naturally.
Housing- a robust chicken pen/coop will do. When adding a roost, the roost should not be higher than 3ft because a high roost could cause the bird to start limping. Growing birds should not roost higher than 2ft, if they roost any higher, once they mature, they'll have alot of joint problems & will develop and suffer from bumble foot.
Care- These birds will also thrive in a free-range environment. The Hmong Chicken originated in Southern Asia & they'll thrive in a tropical climate, but will do fine in the cold winter months if provided adequate shelter during the winter months. *Something i realized while raising these guys is that Predators will go for these guys first( i guess they love the black meat too!) & mites seem to love these guys more than my "regular" skin colored fowls, so i found that adding sand and some ashe to the pen/coop can really rid mites! (just food for thought)*
**There are Two types of Hmong chicken. One with the Aseel/ Thai fowl appearance(photos above) and one with the Jungle Fowl appearance. (photo below)
The photo to the left is mine, a Female Hmong Chicken and the photo to the right belongs to "Xyooj Aviaries" @http://xyoojaviaries.com/ourfarm.html just so you can have a better look. Heres one with the jungle fowl appearance. their care is some what different & they can be very flighty. All i have is a pair of these guys & taking a photo of them is not very easy. They can Fly
I started raising these birds because my parents love eating these fowls and the chickens' meat is really healthy for you. "Poultry, especially dark meat with the skin on, can also be very high in omega-6 and should also be limited. For example, chicken skin has about 14 times more omega-6 than even grain-finished beef, and 10 times more than grain-finished pork." @http://chriskresser.com/9-steps-to-perfect-health-2-nourish-your-body
I've been raising these birds for about +7yrs. iam not an expert, still learning. Got more questions? ask away!