By Dennis Hawkins

The Malay originated in Southeastern Asia. It is regarded as one of the pure breeds of poultry from which other breeds are derrived. It was first imported into England around 1830, but was mainly unnoticed by the poultry breeders of the time. From an economic standpoint, it is of little value. It is primarily used for exhibition purposes.

The Malay has long legs and a wide head which make it stand tall with a devious stare. This breed is very rare in America and only a few birds can be found both in America and England. The Black Breasted Red (or Wheaten) variety of this breed was admitted to the standard in 1883, but not until 1981 were the Spangled, Black, White, and Red Pyle varieties admitted. The Malay has yellow skin and lays dark brown eggs.

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