The Asil or Aseel is a breed of chicken originating from the South Punjab/Sindh area of Pakistan and India. Asils were first used for sport, but are gaining popularity in the exhibition world. The breed is generally unstandardised in South Asia and India, but popularity has increased in the western world in recent times with the breed standardised in the British, Australian and American standards.
- Breed Purpose:
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Light Brown
- Breed Temperament:
- Aggressive, Friendly, Bears confinement well, Quiet
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Black breasted red, wheaten, dark, spangled, and white, duckwing, blue breasted red, and black.
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
Asils are not recommend for beginner chicken keepers as they can be "a handful". They are known to be very aggressive towards other chickens, the chicks often fight when they are just a few weeks old and mature roosters will fight each other to death. Hens can also be very aggressive towards each other and it is advised that they be kept separated. Towards humans Asils are generally very tame though.
The hens are not good layers, but make excellent broodies. Egg production depends on the Asil variety, the small Asil are known to be very poor layers, sometimes laying just 6 eggs a year, whereas larger Asil can lay around 40 eggs a year.
For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-aseel-asil.1051581/