This bizarre and weirdest breed of chicken is popular and expensive in Vietnam.
A rare breed of chicken is notably famous in Vietnam because of its delicious meat exclusively served in restaurants that cater wealthy customers.
It is popularly called as Dong Tao, a peculiar breed of chicken is also known for its imposing figure and stout legs covered with reddish scales. The male adult Dong Tao weighs about 6 kilograms and its legs are as thick as a human’s wrist.
According to Elite Readers, the price for a Dong Tao chicken meat is quite steep too. A pair of it can be sold for a whopping $2500. The current largest purebred farm for such breed is located in Dong Hoa commune, Vietnam’s Dong Nai province. This farm is owned by Vu Ngoc Tuan who has 400 pairs of breeding stock and supplies dozens of Dong Tao chickens to restaurants in HCM City every day.
At first, Tuan bought 10 Dong Tao chickens just ‘for fun’ and has spent several years trying to understand the right way to breed them. He learned that birds do not like living in captivity so he placed them in a more spacious farm with a plenty of room and exercise.
He said that Dong Tao hens tend to lay fewer eggs than regular ones because of their unusually large feet that make the hatching process difficult. To solve this, he then devised a manual hatching technique to preserve as many eggs as possible. It takes about a year of free-range farming for these chickens to fully mature and be sellable.
Van Dinh Ha, a chicken farmer from Trung Dinh hamlet said:
‘The bird is in high demand, but also in short supply.
‘My birds attract many people from neighbouring Hai Duong, Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hanoi,’ Van added.’
‘The sales are so good that there are only two roosters left in the coop now. Last year, my income from chicken rearing was up 60 percent.’
Also, Dong Tao caught the attention of many tourists, mostly from Europe and America while England and Japan are interested in importing the breed for research.
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