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  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Aggressive, Wild, 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 Size:
    Large Fowl

    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.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Strawberry
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: Heat

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. QueenMisha
    "Wonderful birds, but not for beginners or..."
    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.

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  2. Silseb
    "Totally cool birds"
    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.
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  3. bazza56
    "Very old breed that is nice to see in the yard..."
    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.

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  1. yellowherb
    I've ordered a few hatchery Orientals and am really looking forward to raising malay's. Every picture I see of a pair makes me feel sorry for the hen though, they are so small compared to the roosters :) I know my hatchery ones will not be as awesome looking but it's a start!
  2. Penny Hen
    This breed is the first breed of chickens my husband showed any real interest.
  3. Cluckcluck1215
    I want one now....soooooooooo pretty and awesome looooking!
  4. Turk Raphael
    I don't think small children should be around any chickens without strict supervision. A bird need not be a yard tall to take out a child's eyes...even a small bantam, if hateful enough, could jump up and flog the face off an unprotected small child.
  5. buzzard barn
    Mine have never been fighters. They do startle easier than other birds, but if you keep that in mind, they are easy to care for. I have several pens with 2 roosters & 6 hens. Mine fly like birds, have to keep toppers on their pens or they will roost in the tree tops. The hens are good layers & setters & the roosters are watchful of the little ones. They dig large holes for dust bathing & for laying eggs. From what I have read, Malay are very gentle for a game breed, and I have found that to be the case. When turned loose, they don't bother the batam roosters that roam our place. They also graze along with the geese & ducks. They do enjoy wading in water on hot days.
  6. buzzard barn
    Our 5 Malay have hatched 3 clutches of 7 to 10 each so far this year & have begun laying almost immediately after. We do pick up the chicks & put them in the brooder.
  7. hellbender
    Musta had pretty scrawny turkeys or 25 pound birds, huh?
  8. hellbender
    NOT GOOD WITH KIDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. kristianhope18
    I just ordered my first batch of Malay eggs! I started incubating them today! First I am kinda upset the lady washed them! When I opened the box and started unwrapping bubble wrap they were all shiny clean and the wrap around the eggs had water drops around it! ;-( I hope and Pray this didn't ruin my chances of hatching these little guys!! Fingers crossed! I paid an arm and a leg for them they better hatch lol This is my first time ever ordering hatching eggs! These birds are so incredibly hard to find I was happy to just find the one breeder with hatching eggs! I'm semi new to chickens I do have almost 20 breeds already and around 150 chicken/Turkey/Quail! My question to you guys is what color exactly are the Malays eggs? I ended up with basically 3 different colors one darker egg (brown) some cream and a couple that's almost pink looking! Is this normal? I was totally shocked at the size of "the worlds tallest chickens" eggs btw! I hadn't done any research on them before I ordered! I thought for sure they would at least be the size of a big stocks eggs!! Anyway I hope I'm not counting my chickens before they hatch but does anyone have any advise for a 1st time malay owner?? I was planning on keeping a Rooster and 2/3 hens in with a pair of Turkey chicks I have! Is this ok? Will they fight my turkey Tom with him being around 40 pounds? And will it help any that they grew up together? Do I need special laying boxes? What do you all feed your Malays? Just a flock raiser? Any special tips on taming or care? Anything at all would be appreciated considering I'm kinda going in this blind lol I just absolutely loves the breed and had to have some!
    Btw I'd love to see everyone's pictures! You can hardly
    Find any of these guys especially ones you've not seen 1000 times! I want mine to be pet quality soo i can pet and play with them and take lots and lots of pictures! Oh and one more question did I just read it takes two years for this bird to mature?!? How fast does it grow normally? Thanks in advance!
  10. CASDOG1
    I am looking at breeds to get for training LGD puppies to respect chickens. Sounds like these dinosaurs need to go on my list for consideration!

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