How to Raise and Train an Oriental Game Rooster


Oriental game fowl are noble and beautiful birds. The cock is elegant and lithe, and as a heritage breed, is an asset to any breeding flock. Some of the readily recognized breeds in this category are the Asil and the Malay. These cocks are stunning birds with an excellent ability to protect the flock. They are immediately noticeable by their brilliant plumage, nearly vertical posture and flowing tail feathers. Training the birds is the same as for any chicken breed, and it requires a knowledge of the hierarchical arrangement of chicken culture.

Things You'll Need

  • Barn
  • Hay
  • Heat source (optional)
  • Chick feed
  • Gamebird feed
  • Chicken vitamins
  • Fresh greens, fruits, treats
  • Oats, barley, millet and sunflower seeds
  • Egg, cooked and chopped
  • Prepare insulated barns for these breeds using hay, as most are not cold hardy. Start chicks on standard chick feed and move to layer or gamebird feed after six weeks. Provide fresh clean water at all times. Chicks need a heat source, if not raised by the hen, until they are four weeks old.

  • Purchase chicken vitamins for the birds (only supplement if necessary -- use vitamins sparingly). Provide access to pastures, and supplement their diet with fresh greens, fruits, and treats such as mealworms and corn. Supply free-choice, good-quality chicken feed or gamebird feed. Add oats, barley, millet and sunflower seeds to the diet. Add chopped, cooked egg if the birds enjoy this.

  • Watch for crowing, posturing, mock-fighting and an interest in the hens. Oriental game roosters start to mature at three to five months. Crowing is the hallmark of a rooster reaching sexual maturity.

  • Assume the dominant role in the flock. Never allow a cock to breed a hen in front of you, as this is a sign of his dominance in the flock. Move the bird off of the hen with gentle action. Discipline challenging cocks by making a loud "ugh" or "no" sound. Hold the bird and do not let him down until he ceases struggling -- this is pressure-and-release training. Never allow a cock to threaten or attack you. Discipline immediately by saying "no," picking him up or asking him to sit. Put pressure on the bird's back until he sits. Hold him there until he calms, and then release the pressure.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always consult an expert poultryman for training naturally aggressive birds or fear-aggressive birds. Roosters are quick and can cause serious injury to a person (particularly face and eye injuries). Be careful of allowing some roosters around children, as children may be perceived as threats to the flock. Never allow roosters to fight each other, as this can cause injury or death to the birds.
  • Understand that roosters will continue to challenge. Never strike, hit or lose your temper around a rooster. Understand the bird is many times smaller than you and can be easily frightened or injured.
  • Raising roosters for the criminal market (cock fighting), is illegal in most countries, including the United States. Be careful that the roosters do not engage in territorial fights. Separate the birds immediately, never allow them to "work it out," and consider castrating and/or removing the spurs of aggressive cocks.
  • Trimming or removing the cock's spurs will render him unable to defend his flock from predators.

Related Searches


  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/ Images
Promoted By Zergnet


You May Also Like

  • Why Hen Acts Like a Rooster

    Hens will act like roosters to display dominance in the absence of a rooster. The behavior is a part of the natural...

  • How to Fight

    Fighting is not recommended for resolution of conflict, however if you feel the need to fight in competition or self-defense, it is...

  • How to Raise Betta Fry

    The Siamese fighting fish, or betta fish, is one of the most popular fish available in pet stores today. They are brightly...

  • How to Raise a Nice Rooster

    Raising a nice rooster requires regular training and careful breed selection. Aggressive roosters are a threat to your safety.

  • How to Make a Rooster House

    If you own both chickens and roosters, it's essential to make a house for the rooster so that you can separate the...

  • How to Make Money Raising Game Chickens

    Raising game chickens for show or profit is achievable--with a little bit of work. While you may not make a million dollars...

  • How do I Treat a Rooster Spur Wound?

    People and animals do not intend to get injured, but it often constitutes a side effect of an active lifestyle. Individuals who...

  • What Chickens Are the Best Brooders?

    Broodiness has been bred out of many breeds, but some still heed nature's call. The best brooders are rare breeds, but there...

  • Game Fowl Breeds & Their Characteristics

    Game fowl include many well-known domestic species. Chickens and turkeys rank among the better-known game fowls. Pheasants, peafowl and grouse are also...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make an Elevated Dog Feeder

Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!