7 of the Best Asian Chicken Breeds
Chicken breeds from Asia include:
Brahmas are an Asiatic breed of chicken, originating in the Brahmaputra region in India where they were known as Gray Chittagongs. Their heritage is unclear, but they are believed to be closely related to the Jungle Fowl (Gallus Gigantus) and the Cochin. Brahmas are calm, friendly birds that make good pets or exhibition fowl.
The Cochin or Cochin China was originally bred in China and later exported to Britain and America in the mid 19th century. As a very distinctive breed of chicken, it apparently created a bit of a craze among poultry lovers in the English-speaking world, effectively launching poultry fancy as we know it today. The most distinctive feature of the Cochin is the excessive plumage that covers leg and foot.
- Croad Langshan
The Croad Langshan is an old, heavy, soft-feathered chicken breed which probably originated in China. The Croad Langshan is large in body, has a deep and long breast which is carried well forward; the back is rather long and sloping with the tail rising sharply from the back, giving the characteristic 'U' shape. Many other breeds were created using Langshan blood in the foundation matings. These include, for example, Barnevelders, Black Orpingtons, and Marans. Langshans still exist in China today.
Nankins are thought to be one of the oldest true bantam breeds, originating somewhere in Southeast Asia. The breed has two varieties, differentiated by comb type; the single comb Nankin has a large comb with five points, and the rose comb has a medium size one ending in a single spike. All Nankins come in a single colour, with buff on the body and black tails.
Pekin bantams are a True bantam They are also known erroneously as Cochin bantams, although in the UK Cochin bantams are simply miniaturised versions of large Cochin. Pekin Bantams are very docile and make ideal pets for families with younger children. However, the Pekin bantam cockerels can still be aggressive and defensive of their territory. The hens are regularly broody and are known to be good sitters and attentive mothers.
The Serama is a bantam breed of chicken originating in Malaysia within the last 50 years. The Serama bantam is claimed to be the smallest and lightest bantam chicken in the world and, as such, offers enthusiasts the opportunity to keep reasonable numbers in an area that might otherwise appear insufficient for more conventional poultry breeds.
The Silkie is a breed of chicken named for its fluffy plumage, which is said to feel like silk. The breed has several other unusual qualities, such as dark blue flesh and bones, blue earlobes, and five toes on each foot (most chickens only have four). They are often exhibited in poultry shows, and come in several colours (red, buff, blue, black, white, and partridge).