Average User Rating:
  • 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
    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.

    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.

    Asil egg

    Asil chicks

    Asil hen

    Asil rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Pea
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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







Recent User Reviews

  1. chuckachucka
    "very demanding and difficult birds"
    Pros - Aseels go broody often and the hens make good mothers. The cocks are very attractive.
    Cons - These birds do NOT bear confinement well. They seem to want to free range all day and if restricted get VERY noisy and loud. Very aggressive to each other.
    I have kept males and females and find them highly demanding birds. The males fight to the death even as young as six weeks.
    The females demand attention or to free range very vociferously. They are very intelligent chickens and sensitive to dangers, which means they are safer from predators but spend much of the day stressed about potential threats (on the other hand, I have seen even the hens go TOWARD a fox with neck feathers ruffled to fight, so take from that about their intelligence what you will).

    They are extremely aggressive birds, even the females. Mother hens will fight to the death to protect chicks without intervention. The hens are not very aggressive toward people except when raising chicks when caution is needed. Moderately friendly, the hens will eat treats from my hand but hate to be handled.

    They lay more eggs than some sites will say. My large hen lays 6 a week in summer and 4 a week even in winter.



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  2. varidgerunner
    "Useful and Friendly"
    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.
  3. MaycanGamefowl
    "Good for gamefowl breeders"
    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.[​IMG]

User Comments

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  1. bradymars
    The Asil is the finest purebred in the world. I've had them for 33 years and counting
  2. lozzyloz4444
    I inherited my Asil from my son in law who breeds them,My daughter now thinks he might of been the aggressor and not the victim of the others,even though he was pecked to a pulp when i got him,I never looked at it that way.But i still love these birds as they are so proud looking,and the asil hen is the best temperament i have had.
  3. cubalaya
    i have never had an asil cock that was aggressive to humans
  4. lozzyloz4444
    i have asil one cock bird and one hen the cock is very aggressive toward humans,he has attacked me and caused me nasty injuries,so now i dont get near him,i manage to control him with a squirty gun which i use for my garden,having said this i love him as i have had him from a chick nurturing him back to health when he was nearly pecked to death.He is great looking after my hens ,i guess he is just being protective.I also have a white sussex called lola she lays lovely big eggs.Clara is an asil and she is very broody and every year she wants to sit on eggs,i did not want anymore chicks as they always turn out to be cocks.I felt sorry seeing her sitting on an empty nest all day long so i put one of lolas eggs under her.i dont no what it will be ,im hoping for another hen.
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  6. hellbender
    If they've been treated well.
  7. hellbender
    I know what they're good for... I like them very much!!! lol
  8. hellbender
    Just curious...but good for what????
  9. cubalaya
    I have been able to move asil hen and eggs to a better place with no pecking or biting. they will protect their chicks but always tame to humans
  10. OldMountainCur
    Good descriptions of these wonderful hens.......I call them the "Spartans" of the chicken world. Friendly to a fault with humans, but are always ready to defend when necessary. Even hoot owls seem to have a healthy respect for the cock birds. Being broody is probably a mechanism provided by nature. Fewer eggs and going broody often gives the hen a better chance of rearing "all" her chicks. I prefer the hen lay and hatch 5 to 7 eggs and have a complete hatch rather than laying 10 or 12 eggs and having only 5 or 6 survive.

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