Sindhi Aseel

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Sindhi Aseel
Sindhi Kaura Aseel stag.jpg
Conservation status Common
Country of origin Pakistan
Traits
Weight Male: 4 - 7 kg
  Female: 3 - 4.5 kg
Egg color Light Brown
Comb type Pea Comb
Classification
Notes
Hard-feathered, Gamefowl breed

Sindhi Aseel or Sindhi Asil (Sindhi: سنڌي اسيل, Urdu: سندهي اسيل) is a breed of chicken and as from the name, originates from Sindh (one of 4 major provinces of Pakistan). These cocks, or fighting cocks, are noted being tall, heavy and good at fighting, so they are bred mainly for cockpit. These Aseels are characterised by a muscular but compact body, broad shoulders, wings carried against the body, short and hard feathers, drooping tails, a large curved beak similar to that of an eagle, pea comb and no wattles.

Varieties[edit]

It is known that in Sindh there are aseel breeds with slight distinction in each district. Some of very known varieties are:

Kaura Aseel[edit]

A 5 months old Sindhi Kaura Aseel

The word "Kaura" (Sindhi: ڪورو, Urdu: كورا) means Neat. This breed got this name due to the fact that Kaura chicks remain totally featherless for a long time. In some parts of Sindh these are also known as گوڑو (in Sindhi). Its real place of origin is Hyderabad Deccan and was taken from there to Pakistan after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. This is the tallest, heaviest and most powerful among Sindhi Aseels. These birds hit similarly like a heavyweight boxer and normally an opponent shall not be able to stand properly after receiving a powerful blow. A very popular breed nowadays known as Japanese Shamo chicken is nothing else than a sub-variety of Kaura Aseel, which was admired by Japanese breeders to be best in stamina, strength, endurance, accuracy and power. Kaura Aseels are also known as meat eaters and killing machines

A Kaura rooster is large about above from 28" and weighting a minimum of 5.5 kg. A chick can be described as taller, very muscular, totally featherless for at least one month after hatched and starts crowing after 8 months.

Breeding[edit]

Hens lay a clutch of 18-30 eggs (per season and normally 2 seasons per annum), usually one egg per day. The eggs are incubated for at least 20 days. Sindhi Aseel hens continue to care for their chicks until they are 5-6 months old.

Cockfights[edit]

Sindhi Aseels are known as ideal for cockfights and a rooster dies in cockpit, but never gives up.

References[edit]

Shamo - Leonard Cottage