So just how aggressive ARE Malays?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by KatyushaB, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. KatyushaB

    KatyushaB Just Hatched

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    This is my first post, so if I do something wrong please bear with me,

    I am a first time Chicken Owner I am currently in the process of building a coop and I'm making plans to get the following breeds: Orpington, Speckled Sussex, Polish, And Malay. Now, I am very aware that Malays were cockfighting birds, and that they were made to be aggressive. I am also aware that some of the other birds I'm planning to get are all but aggressive. However the Malay is a rare bird and there is not a lot of information on it.

    I guess my question is, what exactly does aggressive MEAN? Does it mean they're just peck the other birds a lot - or kill the other birds.. Is it possible to keep a happy flock of chickens, with Malays in the mix? If not I will of course separate them,I'm not going to just toss them together and say 'good luck'. The eight chickens if housed together will be in a coop meant for 12 birds, they're have all the space I can muster (which is quite a lot) with plenty of hiding spaces and things to climb on. If need be any chicken(s) in the flock would be separated. All of the chickens will be hens.

    If any of you chicken keepers out there have any experience with the Malay. Please tell me how they are aggressive, or what they did, or just really anything I should know about there behavior.

    Thank you! ~Kat
     
  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mature Malay roosters can not be kept together they will kill each other. They will sometimes tolerate roosters of other breeds though if given enough space.
     
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  3. KatyushaB

    KatyushaB Just Hatched

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    Of course, they were bred for cockfighting after all! I will have no Roosters in my flock, all of the chickens are going to be hens.
     
  4. KatyushaB

    KatyushaB Just Hatched

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    Of course! They were bred for cockfighting after all! I am going to have zero rooster in my flock. I need to know more about the hen's behavior or the rooster's interaction with hens.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The hens will get along with your other hens just fine, provided they all have plenty of space. It's the males that get extremely territorial towards other males.
     
  6. KatyushaB

    KatyushaB Just Hatched

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    Okay! Good to know! Thanks! [​IMG]
     

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