teddy is showing an aseel there, a perfect example of the extreme of droopy tail.
yes the old breeders tried to keep the malay going which would have been a damn hard job as it is hard enough now keeping rare breeds going that ar not in the top 40 of popularity. you need to breed many birds to keep lines going.
now the malay seems to have improved popularity it is time to improve the malay and using birds like this aseel hen of teddys is one of the best ways.
teddy i suspect the malays not only got a dollop of indian i think they got a dollop of OEG which the indians also got. not that i am against a lot of this as i am a great believer in keeping the chicken genes flowing, however i do prefer to keep the oriental birds with the oriental, the english with the english etc if possible but considering the indian was mixed up all of these then you have lots of spare genes to choose from to improve this breed. on the other hand to keep the malay up to form there is not such a wide source of spare parts
a this bird of yours would be a great source. i hope it is this line that i have in the malay you gave me, thus i can understand why my malay indian cross has a lovely droopy tail. his spurs are coming through now and they look like they are pointing downwards. also my jubilee indian ckl has spurs pointing downwards and carries many malay traits even though he should be pure indian....not sure how he would go with an uncooperative malay hen though.
the angle and the shape of the spur i feel is like the angle of the back where you see many governing genes. i prefer a low pointing down spur on the indians because they ware themselves down thus reducing the need to cut them. also if the spurs on many birds grow too long they curl back up and the rooster cannot sit down if they are not cut.
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