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Asils (or Aseels)

Asils being Asils!
Photo courtesy of Ricardo Pedraglio

Text by Shahbazin / J. Floyd

What do Asils look like and where are they from? Well, Asils are the ancestors of the Cornish breed, so they look sort of like a more slender, athletic Cornish. The Asil developed in India as a fighting bird, but different than the English games--an Asil is like a boxer (versus a fencer) and is valued for stamina. They are heavy boned, heavy muscled, very hard feathered birds (bare breastbone), with somewhat of an upright carriage. The eyes are a sort of pearl white with a greenish tint and a heavy brow ridge (like a hawk). Both sexes have a small pea comb, but no wattles, and the sloping tail tends to fan horizontally rather than vertically. Hens are poor layers, but very tenacious setters, and will brood for months on end (I usually use Asils to hatch most of my babies as they are the most reliable). Asils are usually very tame and easy to handle, and one of mine ("Ana") is a particular pet that likes to follow me around looking for handouts.
The main drawback to the breed is that thay are pugnacious to an extreme--my hens have learned to leave each other alone, as my dog will interrupt fights, but two-month-old chicks will fight until their eyes swell shut and they can't stand up. "Gez" [the dog] tries to help, but she can only handle just so many at a time, and while she picks one up and carries it away, another couple will be going at it. Fortunately, they are also very hardy, and seldom cause fatalities when young. Are they a nuisance sometimes? Yes. Are they interesting and unique birds that I enjoy anyhow? Yes to that, too. I'll never have lots of them, but I'll always keep a few.

From the UK we have the Old English Game Colour Guide by Dr. J. Batty. Totally filled with pictures of OEGs, both large and bantam, there's no logic to the order of things that I can see, but if you want pictures of many colors of OEG, this is the book for you. It is available from Beech Publishing.
Here's the new book Oriental Gamefowl by Horst W. Schmudde, 2005, 208 pp., AuthorHouse, ISBN: 1420876813. If you want to learn about the history, breeding and maintenance of many breeds of gamefowl, including longtails and long-crowers, this book is for you. Read more about it in the SPPA review.
Another new book is The Game Fowl Colour Guide by Owen Dickey, [2006], 141 pp., privately published. Available from the author at: Owen Dickey, PO Box 1016, Ballymena, BT42 9AH, Northern Ireland. 30.00L plus postage: UK: 2.50L, Europe & Irish Republic: 4.00L; Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA: 6.00L. Very nice book if you want to see the range of colors that Game Fowl can be found in. There are 86 full color original images, mostly photos but a few paintings. Most of the birds shown are Irish Game, but there are also some American Game and some Oxford OEGs. There is also a section at the end on Asils.
And I've also discovered A Bibliography of Gamecocks & Cock-fighting, by John Norris & John Palmer, 1995, 34pp., pamphlet, Arnold Books, ISBN: 0-9583250-0-6. The emphasis in this collection is on historical titles.

Breed clubs:
Oriental Game Breeders Association
Eve Bundy
PO Box 100
Creston, CA 93432
phone: 805-237-1010
The Asian Hardfeather Club
Julia Keeling, secretary
Ballashee, Staarvey Road, German
Isle of Man, IM5 2AJ
British Isles
phone: (+44)-1624-801825
The Asian Gamefowl Society or Speciaalclub Aziatische Vechthoenrassen
Willem van Ballekom (Secretaris SAV)
Hobokenlaan 19
5628 VA Eindhoven
phone: 040-2417208

Asil Links:
A SPPA article on Asils in the United States
Nite Owl Asils -- birds for sale here
Palm Beach County Poultry Fanciers Association's Aseel page
Two SPPA articles on the Asil: one by Jennifer Floyd and one by Sheila Holligon
You can find pictures of Asils on Orchard Poultry Farm's page
Asil pictures from Germany
Reza Ranch concentrates on the small N. Indian Reza

A Black-breasted Red (Wheaten) cockerel
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin
"Alaric," a North India type Black Breasted Red Asil Cock
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin
"Alaric's" head, note lack of wattles and greenish-white (pearl) eye
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin
A White Asil cockerel
Photo courtesy of an anonymous friend in the UK
A pair of Blue Wheaten Asils
Photo courtesy of Rev. Rick Thompson
Dark Red Ghan Asils
Photo courtesy of Horst W. Schmudde
A Pile Asil pullet
Photo courtesy of an anonymous friend in the UK
A dark Asil cock
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin
A Silver Asil pullet and cockerel
Photos courtesy of Rev. Rick Thompson
A Kulang Aseel male
Photos courtesy of Christian Cutajar
A Mottled Asil rooster
Photo courtesy of William Bender, Jr.
"Morrigan," an Asil hen
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin
An Asil pullet
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin
Black Asils: a male and a pair
Photos courtesy of Ricardo Pedraglio
Another Wheaten Asil cock
Photo courtesy of Rev. Rick Thompson
A Spangled Asil male
Photo courtesy of Ricardo Pedraglio
Another Spangled male, this time a cockerel
Here's a Blue Mottled Asil pullet
Photo courtesy of William G. Bender, Jr.
A Silver Asil male
Photo courtesy of William G. Bender, Jr.
An Asil from Peru with her partly grown brood
Photo courtesy of Ricardo Pedraglio Florez
A pair of Wheaten Asils
Photo courtesy of William G. Bender, Jr.
A North Indian Aseel cock


The Asil, or Aseel as it is sometimes spelled, is one of the oldest known breeds of game bird. Of all the birds we kept during our years in England, the Asil remains one of Cliff's favourites. Bred in India for over two thousand years for its fighting qualities, its very name means "of long pedigree" in Arabic. It was bred in its native land to fight, not with spurs attached, but only with its own natural spurs and high courage. This way of fighting produced a very muscular and powerful bird with a strong beak, which the Asil still is today, even though in Britain, cock fighting has been banned many years. We have had conflicting answers as to whether it is still legal here in Spain. The whole subject of cock fighting is a very motive one, and the problem is that too many people associate the breed of fighting cocks with the actual fighting. The breeds themselves are some of the oldest and rarest and deserve to be preserved as much as the non-fighting varieties. We kept many breeds of poultry which in the old days were used for cock fighting and we had no desire whatsoever to fight them, but we got a great deal of pleasure out of what are some of our most interesting breeds.
Given a mark of high esteem in India, the Asil was valued and treasured so much that their breeding line remained totally pure and it was in this pure form that they came into Britain through trading links. Their status nowadays is sadly less than its original purity. Two Asil cocks were given as a gift to Charles II of England and he kept them to fight.
The word "fight" is one which comes readily to the mind of anyone who has kept Asils. They practically come out of the egg fighting, and youngsters will be seen sparring up to one another at a tender age when other chicks are still cheeping and looking cute. And this is no juvenile fight over who has the biggest worm, this is a fight to the death if you donÕt stop it. Keeping as many as two hens with one cock is fraught with trauma as the hens are equally pugnacious. So this is definitely not one for the novice breeder to consider. If you have some experience of game birds and want to try the Asil, then you need space for them, enough to keep them well away from other birds and also from each other. We kept ours in England on a stretch of river bank in a little strip of woodland, and they thrived very well there, ignoring the houses we put out for them and preferring to roost at the top of trees.
In his Illustrated Book of Poultry, published in Britain in 1890, Lewis Wright says of the breed that "We have never handled any fowls which weighed apparently so heavy, and whose muscles felt so amazingly hard, as we have found in good Asils. There was a special Asil Club formed at one time, but in spite of this, we have noticed that the variety usually has less than a dozen possessors. The fact is that the breed is the most quarrelsome known, as well as most courageous. It is difficult to keep even two hens with one cock, and as eggs are exceedingly rare likewise, there are obvious practical difficulties in breeding them. We have noticed, in fact, that Asils are rather apt to be given away every now and then! Nevertheless they have staunch admirers and may be recommended to such as seek fowl which, at all events, never becomes common."
We never showed any of our Asils, because the idea of taking one of these pearl eyed, muscular birds to a show and letting him lose on some unsuspecting judge was never possible, even if we could have actually caught one and got it inside a travelling box. We much preferred having them in a happy feral state in the wood, where even the cats went very carefully. The hens make wonderful mothers as they are very protective of the chicks, none of the other poultry ever dared approach a mother Asil with chicks.
The American poultry standard states that "both males and females are possessed with an aggressive disposition and generally are regarded as trouble makers when maintained in close confinement. Asils are very vigorous and tenacious survivors." The breed has no fixed colours in the British standards, the main colours seen today being light red and dark red with grouse coloured and red wheaten females. Blacks, whites, greys, piles and duckwings have also been seen. Again, there is no fixed colour for beak or legs, although the comb, face, jaw and throat are red. The beak is usually yellow or ivory coloured and the legs willow, white or dark olive. The male weighs around 4 to 6 pounds (1.80 to 2.70 kg) and the hen 3 to 5 pounds (1.35 to 2.25 kg). There is also an Asil bantam, which should be the exact miniature of the large fowl with the male weighing around 40 ounces (1130 g) and the female weighing 32 ounces (910 g).
The Asil is a breed which was rare when Louis Wright wrote of it in 1890, and it is rare today. Anyone who is interested in the Asian hardfeather breeds should contact Julia Keeling in the UK. She works very, very hard to promote and preserve these game birds and is now the Secretary of a newly formed Asian Hardfeather Club, a Club which has taken these breeds off the lists of the Rare Poultry Society in the UK which was previously looking after them. The address to write to is as follows: Julia Keeling, Secretary, Asian Hardfeather Club, Ballasee, Staarvey Road, German, Isle of Man, IM5 2AJ UK. Whether we will manage to get any Asils out here in Spain is doubtful, but nothing would give Cliff more pleasure than to breed them again.

Asil Breed

The Aseel or Asil is an ancient chicken breed developed in India primarily as a fighting bird. This breed was developed between 2500 and 3000 years ago, and takes a lot of special handling.
Today there are hundreds of sub-types of Asil chickens in India. The colors vary widely by breed, in every spectrum of the chicken rainbow. The Asil are closely related to the Malay and other tropical Asian breeds of chicken.
Like other hot climate breeds, Asil are closely-feathered, with small (pea) combs, a very upright stance, and glossy feathers. They handle hot weather, particularly humid tropical summers, very well. However, they are not suitable for colder climates.
As a fighting bird, the Asil roosters must be kept separate from each other. This violence can even manifest when the birds are chicks. Asil roosters will fight to the death, as they have been bred for specifically this purpose. Asil hens can be aggressive, as well. Most Asil breeders keep the birds in pairs (one rooster and one hen), individually caged and kept apart from the others.
Asil are not very good at laying eggs. A hen will lay between 5 and 40 eggs per year. Interesting to think that this is probably the original production output for the domesticated chicken’s wild predecessors.

Asil History


"Asil" is an Arabic word meaning "pure" or "thoroughbred, and is also spelled 'Aseel'. It is a very old game breed from the INDIA/PAKISTAN area and has been bred there as a game bird for many centuries, specifically for its aggressive behaviour. The Asil gamefowl breed might well be 3,500 years old as cockfighting has been mentioned in the Indian law, religion and philosophy manuscript "Manusriti" of that date; and in one of India's oldest manuscripts the "Dharmastrastra Manu, a classic work on law, order and ethics dating back to 1,500 B.C the first remarks about them were recorded. The breed was popular with the rulers of India (Mughal emperors & some Nawabs of states in India). They established the Asil for gaming and also developed their beauty. It is recognised as the oldest established breed of gamefowl, and this family of birds is a large one with many regional variations in size and type. Asil were developed primarily as a fighting bird, and this aspect of their development has had an overpowering influence on the breed's structure, constitution, and temperament as well as influencing its role in the development of more modern breeds. They are also known for their intelligent defensive and tactical thinking to keep power for long times in a endurance fight. The oldest evidence of organized cockfighting (based on archeological finds) has been found in the Indus valley (today Pakistan but Indian territory till 1947). The breed is difficult to keep due to these aggressive tendencies.

Some Asil colors

  • Asil come in all colors, but here are the most common ones.
Bajra - Dark-Red
Sonatal - Light-Red
Kaptan - Dark-Red with a few white specks, NOT Spangled
Rampur - Black, note - not all blacks are called Rampur
Java - Grey and Duckwing

Type by Size

Reza - Smaller sized birds (under 6 lbs.)
Kulang - Larger sized birds (over 6 lbs.)

Type by region


British Reza ASIL Standard

Origin: India
Classification: Asian Hardfeather
Egg colour: Tinted
This standard refers to the small Asil (often called ‘Reza’ Asil, which term actually applies only to birds of 3.5 – 4lbs, or ‘Rajah’ Asil – which is a term not used at all in India). The Asil is probably the oldest known breed of gamefowl, having been bred in India for its fighting qualities for over 2000 years. The name Asil is derived from Arabic and means ‘of long pedigree’. In different dialects it can be spelled ‘Asil’, ‘Aseel’ or ‘Asli’. In its native land the Asil was bred to fight, not with false spurs, but rather with its natural spurs covered with tape, the fight being a trial of strength and endurance. Such was the fitness, durability and gameness of the contestants that individual battles could last for days. This style of fighting produced a powerful and muscular bird with a strong beak, thick muscular neck and powerful legs, together with a pugnacious temperament and stubborn refusal to accept defeat. Never very numerous in Britain, the Asil has nevertheless always attracted a few dedicated admirers prepared to cope with its inborn desire to fight, a characteristic shared by the females who are poor layers but extremely good mothers.

General characteristics:

Type and Carriage: Upright, standing firmly on strong legs. Sprightly and quick in movement. When seen in profile the eye should be directly above the middle toenail.
Body: Viewed from above, the body should appear to be heart-shaped, with broad shoulders tapering to a fairly narrow but very well developed stern, strong at the root of the tail. The body should be hard and muscular, feeling remarkably flat in the hand.
Breast: Wide and well thrown out
Back: Broad and straight.
Wings: Carried well out from the body at the shoulders. Muscular where they join the body but otherwise carrying little flesh. Wing feathers hard and tough with rather short quills.
Tail: Sickle feathers narrow and scimitar-shaped, drooping from the base. Saddle feathers pointing backwards.
Head: Skull broad with large square jaw bones, and large cheek bones covered in tough leathery skin. Beak short, thick and powerful, shutting tight.
Eyes bright and bold set in oval pointed eyelids.
Comb triple, very hard fleshed and set low. No wattles.
Neck: Medium length, carried slightly curved giving a short appearance. Thick and very hard to the touch, covered with short, hard, wiry feathers.
Throat clean-cut with bare skin extending well down the neck.
Legs and feet: Shanks thick and square with a noticeable indentation down the front where the scales meet. Thighs not too long, but round, hard and muscular and when viewed from the front should be in line with the body, not the shoulders.
Plumage: Very short and wiry, difficult to break, and with little or no underfluff. Patches of bare skin showing red are to be seen on the breastbone, wing joints and thighs.
Handling: Extremely firm and muscular. Heavier in the hand than appearance would at first suggest.

The general characteristics are similar to those of the male allowing for the natural sexual differences.

Male and female plumage: There are no fixed colours. The principal colours seen today are light red and dark red, with grouse-coloured and red-wheaten females, but grey, spangle, black., white, duckwing and pile are not uncommon. No colour or combination of colours is disqualified.
In both sexes and all colours
Beak ivory, yellow burnish acceptable.
Legs and feet - ivory, or ivory with slight yellow burnish is preferred. Yellow or slate are acceptable.
Comb, face, throat, earlobes and any exposed skin – red.
Eyes pearl, yellowish tinge or slightly bloodshot appearance acceptable.


Male 1.80 - 2.70kg (4-6lbs)
Female 1.35 – 2.25kg (3-5lbs)

Scale of points
Head (skull & beak 10, eyes 5, comb 5) 20
Neck 10
Wings 5
Thighs, shanks and feet 15
Body shape and stern 15
Plumage 10
Carriage 15
Condition 10

Serious defects

Lack of attitude. Any evidence of alien blood - e.g. red or dark eyes. Round shanks. Duck feet. High tail carriage. Wry tail. Roach back. Stork legged or in-kneed. Any other deformity.


Asil bantams should follow the large fowl standards in all but weight.
Male 1130g (40oz)
Female 910g (32oz)

British KULANG Standard

Origin: India & Pakistan
Classification: Asian Hardfeather. Large Fowl.
Egg colour: White or tinted
The Kulang Asil is an Indian bird of Malayoid type, kept and fought in its country of origin for hundreds of years. As Indian and Pakistani people migrated to Britain they brought these birds with them, and they have been kept here now for many years. The standard is intended to preserve the original type, which does vary from area to area. Their general appearance is very Shamo-like, the major differences being a rather less exaggeratedly upright stance and less prominent shoulders, and their development having been in India rather than the Shamo’s development in Japan.

General characteristics:

Type and Carriage: General appearance powerful, alert and agile, balanced and full of aggressive spirit.
Body: Large, firm and well muscled.
Breast: Broad and full with deep keel.
Back: Long, broadest at shoulders, sloping down towards tail and gradually tapering from upper side of thigh. Backbone straight.
Wings: short, big, strong and bony, carried close to the body, not showing on the back.
Tail: carried horizontally or below, length to give balance to the bird.
Head: Strong, deep and broad with wattles and earlobes small or absent. Beak powerful, broad and curved downwards, but not hooked. Eyes deep-set under overhanging brows. Comb triple or walnut, set low on a broad base.
Neck: Long, strong-boned and slightly curved or sometimes with a definite angle between head and neck.
Legs and feet: Thighs long, round and muscular. Legs medium to long, thick and strong with slight bend at hock. Square shanks preferred. Toes four, long and well spread. Hind toe straight and firm on the ground.
Plumage: Feathers short, narrow, and hard, often showing red skin at throat, keel and point of wing.
Handling: Extremely firm fleshed, muscular and well-balanced. Strong contraction of wings to body.
The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for natural sexual differences.


Black/red (wheaten) is the most common colour, but no colour or combination of colours is disqualified. In both sexes and all colours.
Beak yellow or horn.
Legs and feet – pale preferred, but any colour acceptable
Comb, face, throat, earlobes and any exposed skin – brilliant red.
Eyes pearl to gold. Darker eyes acceptable in young birds.


Male 3.5kg (7lb12oz) minimum
Female 2.5kg (5lb 8oz) minimum
There is no maximum size
Scale of points
Type and carriage 40
Head 20
Feather/condition 20
Legs and feet 20

Serious defects

Lack of attitude. Overlarge comb. ‘Duck’ feet.

Source: Pakistaní site Aseel lovers


Source: Pakistaní site Aseel lovers
Physical texture should be very much excellent; balance between anterior and posterior trunk, active and clever, awe-inspiring attitude when Aseel stands on the surface of floor or soil fully fix their claw.He should be from back to keel,falt of breast, with plenty of width below ,broad across the shoulders even to that extent that when standing erect he will be a trifle wedge shaped but the width of the back must be sufficient, so that he will not present a flatiron shape.
1-HEAD(beak to neck) 2-TRUNK(Chest to hip) 3-LEGS(Leg joints to tail nails) 4-TAIL (Hip bone to tail feathers) 5-WINGS(Shoulder to primary flights)

Beak: Short,thick,hard,some curved like parrot, sharp edged and strong grip. Nose: Long and wide. Jaw: Jaw bone wide and powerful. Eye: Always remember that eye color must be pearl and other written qualities are extra points. a- Shape of eye: the eye pointed oval. b- Eyelid: Small , deep and inside. c-Iris: Very thin. d-Edge of iris:White fine circle like thread on the edge of iris, point out a excellent and pure strain. e-Outer circle of iris: Blue or blackish. f-Colors of eyes: best color of eyes in Aseel, first pearl, second blue and third yellow, and the other colors are less grade. g-Spot in the eyes: Should be large quantity of black color spots on above mentioned eye's colors. h-Eye strips: It's good imagine,strips in the eyes, same eye's colors. i-Blood-shot eye: Black shot is the best but such Aseel are rare.It is very good sign for such that Aseel has thin black or blue lines. This is the sign of superior and pure strain and that Aseel become superlative degree of Aseel strain. Comb: very much little, thick, hard , beautiful(triple/peacock/walnut) comb except "Bihangham" strain. Ear: If white small feathers (hair) on the ear's holes then this is the sign of passionate. Earlobe are red. Wattles: totally absent except "Bihangham" strain. Head: Large,wide, thick and strong bone, bone of skull a little came out from eyes because the edged bone save the eyes. Face: Long, hard, clear from wrinkles and face should be red.This is the sign of good health. The temple: Large lean covered with a little flesh,the skin must be tough. Dewlap: not prominent and little as possible. Neck: veru small,strong and flesible. Throat: not prominent. The vertebrate of the neck: should be double in size and strong. Neck should be medium length,inclined to short. The neck bone next to the skull prominent , thus giving it the shape of a Cobra's open hood. The neck bone small , the ridges fleshless, thick to feel ,about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7 1/2 cm) below the head, strong like an iron rod, covered with wiry feathers. Hackle: should be long, if some curved upward become more beautiful and powerful.

Chest: wide , flat,powerful and bear thrown out like body builder, hard,the flesh where showing through the feathers on breast.If chest bone finished at the ass hole then that Aseel is very endure and donot drop behind in the game. Stern: The belly small,"the Pope's Nose" large,broad and strong. Back: broad, flat,viewed from above back and wings are heart/wedge/ V- shaped.

Thigh: thighs not to long ,round,hard muscular and sparesely feathered (the flesh often shining through),in line with the body and not so wide as his wings when the bird faces you , as such a bird would be unable to strike properly. Shank: length of shanks moderate: thickness of the shanks should be same as Aseel corpulency. Body feel the hardness when you press the shanks, dry, an archer and fix with body very well. Shanks not round in matured birds.The meeting of the scales makes a striaht line slightly indented. White is the only color acceptable. Distance between both legs convenient. SHANK'S GRADE: 1st Triangular shanks. 2nd Square shanks. 3rd Rounded shanks. Scale: should be wide,thick,flat and also engraved scales is the sign of strong shanks. Claw: should be wide.Fingers are also moderate strongand distance between fingers should be wide ans stright, strong toe. Toenail: yet tapering and strong nail should be very broad,strong curved and white it has sharp edge. Spurs: should be strong thick espically near from shanks, top of the spurs must be flat, it's good sign of strongness. If spurs arise close to the posterior ( forth finger of claw,it's better for that Aseel in the game.
  • Which spur direction upward. OR
  • Which spursdirection inward of the shanks.
These above mentioned spurs are very much better.

Hip bone : should be strong and its distance must be minimum for hens,it's distance become spread due to laying eggs. Bone and joint of tail: bone of tail strong and joint must be fix strongly with hip and joint must be thick. Tail: should be spread.The tail may be upward or downward. It's okay but for Aseel downward tail is the best .Remember, when Aseel stands then it's stance approximatelly 75 to 85 degree. Sickles:The important point the sickle feathers narrows,scimitar shaped , wiry, pointed drooping from the base,less curved than other breeds,feathers irridescent, not carried above the horizontal, close together , but not shut up. Cloak & Saddle feathers: pointing backward than in other breeds, tough pointed and beautiful.
Shoulders: thick, round and strong. Wings: should be long and strong, soft carried well apart from the body and hold high in a fit Aseel. They must be muscular , fleshness and flexible with hard strong rather strong quill . The edge of quill must be sharp because , it's good for cutting the air.


Length of quill minimum upto tail joint and it's very better if they are longer from tail joint. Primary quill: must be minimum 11 to 13 is very good. Aseel flesh: hard, muscular and strong .Cock must be in prime, hard flesh he must be free from all excessive fat and this is easily determined for whenever you can fed the gizzard good and hard there is no excessive fat surrounding it hence no excessive fat in the instetinal cavity and when there is none. Anywhere else but you must go beyond this for the thigh must be big and full and pliable,the breast must be hard and plump then your cock has got strength,then your cock can endure.A hatchet breasted cock may be able to take considerable punishment but he can't deliver enough to win. Skin: thick,hard,sticky with body. Feather: less feathers are too good but they sticky with body very well. Color: Black, Golden and Red are superlative colors. Some other colors like White,Java ( white/golden wings and tail,back and brown trunks. Crow: small and crow( roaring like lion). Best style of fowl: Aseel gaming should be forbearness,carefully, cleverness, braveness and don't confuseon feeling pain moreover endure that "punch" suddenly reply on that "punch". Never left the pit. This is th symbol of "Aseel" endurance.Always hit on the target (beak,head,eye and the temple). If Aseel hit on the eye or the temple then in the whole game strike on the same area. If Aseel effectual stroke( grievous hurt) then in the whole game strike on the same pattern/place/area. This type of Aseel famous as KARIBAZ (a hard hitter) but these type of Aseel very rear. Remember, when you lift the Aseel they crimpled up his legs to the body and close their claws and the Aseel legs also trembling Family: family should be pure strain, brave fighter, gamer and has very much endure.

Asil Breed

Some History of the Asil (or Aseel) Gamefowl Chicken
The Game-type chickens, as a whole, have some of the longest documented histories of any domestic fowls. The Asil (or Aseel) has an ancestry particularly steeped in antiquity - the breed is referred to in the Codes of Manu, an Indian document on law, religion, & philosophy dating back to somewhere between 900-1280 B.C. (Atkinson, Herbert,Cockfighting & Game Fowl (1938), p. 81) Asils were developed primarily as a sort of feathered pugilist, and this aspect of their development has had an overpowering influence on the breed’s structure, constitution, and temperament, as well as influencing its role in the development of more modern breeds.
As befitting such an old breed, the Asil and its descendants are known not only in India, its country of origin, but in places as far flung as Thailand, Japan, Turkey, England (imported in 1760), many South American countries, and the USA. Of particular interest is the Cornish breed, developed in England from Asil crosses, and the base stock of the modern meat chicken industry. The Cornish inherited from the Asil its meaty, well-muscled body, sturdy frame, and yellow skin and legs.
Asils are a fowl of unusual appearance, having very short, hard, glossy feathers, so short that the breastbone is left exposed (as well as often the back of the head and the points of the shoulders). Large boned, with broad shoulders, an upright stance, heavily muscled hips and square shanked legs (legs rounded or D shaped in cross section are a sign of impure blood), strong, curved neck and short beak, the Asil is a very powerful bird. The face is rather predatory looking, with hawk-like brows over pale, pearl-colored eyes, with a small pea comb and earlobes, and no wattles at all. The tail is carried low, and fans horizontally rather than vertically. Eggs are usually tinted, and the hens are not known for their laying ability. Many of the color varieties have interesting stories attributed to them, such as the Sonatol (or Sonatawal), light red (wheaten), called "gold in value" due to one cock being sold to a Rajah for its weight in gold; the Ghan, dark red (black breasted red or dark), meaning "sledge-hammer," one of which is said to have broken a man’s wrist with one blow; the Rampur, solid black, called "cobra killer," after a hen which dispatched such a snake; and the Kaptan, dark red with some white, whose name means "black spurred". The APA Standard recognizes black breasted red, wheaten, dark, spangled, and white Aseels, but they can also be found in the typical Game colors, including grey (duckwing), blue breasted red, and black. The Standard also lists them as "very vigorous and tenacious survivors."

This hardiness, combined with wonderful mothering ability makes the breed quite useful as a free-range fowl, and they do well in confinement also; with the caveat that they not be confined with others of their own breed, unless of the opposite sex. The cocks are quite docile and easy to handle, and Asils in general seem particularly intelligent. Crosses make excellent meat birds (the original stock tends to be rather slow maturing).

Asil Breed

The Aseel (also spelled Asil) is an ancient breed from India, originally kept for cockfighting but today kept for ornamental purposes. Despite their history, Asils are said to be friendly when kept apart from other cocks. They're also said to be very smart. Strongly muscled, they contributed to the modern Cornish "broiler"breed. Combs and wattles are very small. Aseel hens are broody but only lay a few eggs per year. Feathering is close, sleek and hard.
Class: All Other Breeds
Type: Large Fowl
Size: Small (4-5 lbs)
Rarity: Rare
Purpose: Ornamental
Recognized Varieties: Black Breasted Red, Dark, Spangled, White, Wheaten

Egg Laying: Poor (1/wk)
Egg Color: Cream or Tinted
Egg Size: Medium

Comb Type: Pea Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4

Hardy In Winter: Yes
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: Yes
Personality: Docile & intelligent. Cocks should be kept separate from other cocks

Rampuri asil

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