Our Asil are of three varieties: Reza, Hyderabad, and Kulang. Of excellent type and quality, our Asils were featured in the book Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds by Carol Ekarius. They have also taken the top awards at exhibitions from the midwest to the southeast.
We began actively breeding Asils more than a decade ago. Our original birds were a trio of Spangles and their White sports (Reza type). These birds were descended from Asils that had been purchased at the old Galax, VA Show and had been bred by Andy Marsinko of VA. As these birds were bred we discovered they seldom threw a cull as to type or gameness. The hens of the White sports are also excellent layers. These birds can be pedigreed to only three breeders in the last forty years. They are highly inbreed, healthy and vigorous birds. Due to proper selection through the years, these birds are very predictable as to their type and style. Through the years, we have traded these birds with Billy Sumner of Benson, NC and Paul Witt of Cassatt, SC. Thus, the stock of both these breeders is related to our own. This has given us a valuable source from which to obtain related birds when there has been a need. We have also integrated Black Reds into this stock by utilizing Wheaten hens with the Spangled cocks. These Wheaten hens were first bred by Billy Sumner. He had used a Black Red cock over some our White hens: thus, the Black Reds are also related to our original stock.
Around five years ago we started working on a strain of Black Asils. Our strain, Abyssinians, are now well established. These were begun using a Black stag we obtained from Billy Sumner. This stag was bred over our White hens. After that first generation we culled all the stags and kept only the Black pullets. These pullets were then bred back to their sire: the original Black stag, now a cock. From this second hatch we began to bred the birds brother to sister and the stags back to their mothers. The females come solid black or solid blue and average around 3 lbs. They are a very compact hen. The males have some red in the hackle but are otherwise a black or blue bird. They average around 6 lbs. and have a beautiful flowing tail. These cocks are quite aggressive. As a matter of fact, they are the only Asil cocks that we keep which are aggressive toward their feeders/handlers.
Some years ago while at Billy Sumner's farm I noticed his Hyderabad Asil stock. He related how he had spent several days with Curt Hanson of Ohio and obtained the birds. Billy had bred them pure. That day he gave me two Hyderabad cockbirds. Not having any hens I put them over my Whites. The chicks came various color but all were laced like the pure Hyderabad hens. In 2009, Billy gave me my first pure Hyderabad hen; by the end of 2009 he had given me all his Hyderabad hens. These hens have been bred only to those original two Hyderabad cockbirds with no infusion of new blood except for the chicks hatched from the Whites in that first year. Though Asil hens in general are known for their willingness to fight, the Hyderabads exceed all other varieties of Asil in their aggressiveness. Keeping them apart from other hens is a necessity.
In researching the Asil, we came across references to a very large Asil: the Kulang. Willem van Balledom supplied us with the link between the exhibition Malay and the Kulang. Having raised Malays for several years we had found them a difficult bird to keep with a general loss of vigor and health in the breed. They were far from the hardy pit bird that had come to America nearly a century ago. However, Willem provided us with the necessary connection to begin breeding the Kulang. We began by selecting from all our breeding pens birds that were coming larger than the others. This rarely happened as our birds were extremely inbred, but it did periodically occur. We bred these larger birds together while also breeding a large Black Red Asil cock over a White Malay hen. At present our Kulangs contain about 1/8th Malay blood and 7/8s Asil blood. However, believing Willem van Balledom is correct in that the Malay is actually a subvariety of the Asil; this would mean that no real outcross has occurred.
Through the years we have learned a great deal about Asils from Craig Russell, Horst Schmudde and Willem van Ballekom. We readily acknowledge our indebtedness to these men and thank them for their dedication to the breed.
For more information on this breed, check out this link is to an article written by Dr. Everett that appeared in Backyard Poultry.
Reza Type Asil
Blue Red Cock