In 1999, Nhia Doua Yang imported eggs from Laos into the United States. These eggs said to be "third or fourth" generation from the wild. Nhia Doua stated that he chose these eggs because the parents were somewhat tame and were very nice looking.
Of the eggs brought back, 3 hatched which consisted of 2 males and one female. The birds were raised by a surrogate Oriental game hen until they were of approximately three to four months. The trio grew steadily and remained healthy; however, once the birds were 7-8 months, the female died all of a sudden from an incurable sickness prior to her ever being bred. The two males reached full maturity and were bred with the "best" females that the importer was able to find. He searched all across Minnesota, Wisconsin, and even made a trip to California to acquire females. As Nhia Doua stated, many of the hens used simply resembled junglefowls hens, but could have been from various breeds of domestic chickens. With this, it is a fact that the majority of the Laos Strain birds in the U.S. from this strain are highly hybridized with domestic chicken bloodlines.
In the winter of 2001-2002, the darker red imported male succumbed to a disease. The battle of winter in Minnesota, accompanied by being raised in the basement, was too much for the bird to handle. The lone survivor was used in a strict breeding program, but due to a lack of high quality hens, an extremely low amount of birds were successfully produced that met the importers criteria.
Fortunately, the importer met another Hmong man that had imported eggs from Laos. This companion had imported hybridized red junglefowl/call chicken lines from the village known as "Area 52." The companion's lone surviving bird from the importation was a hen. Nhia Doua described the female to be completely domesticated and having very little junglefowl blood in her.
Two breedings were done with this female and Nhia Doua's imported Yellow male. The first batch was all given to the owner of the hen. The second batch was kept by Nhia Doua. Nhia Doua's only surviving offspring of the breeding was a hen.
During the summer of 2003, the imported Yellow male was stolen out of the breeder's back yard. Of the purer Laos strain birds remaining was a son out of the Yellow male and a unknown hen (most likely an American game/BB red hen) and the female that was the sold survivor from the Yellow male breeding to the Area 52 hybridized hen.
Due to the harsh fall and winter months in Minnesota, the hen did not lay for several months. Finally out of frustration, Nhia Doua sent the pair to his son's parent-in-law's in Fresno, CA. Nhia Doua shared that the hen literally layed eggs two weeks after arriving in Fresno. My two Laos Strain males were produced from this breeding. The male Nhia Doua had sent to Fresno was sold to Nhia Vue Lee in North Carolina. The hen Nhia Doua sent to Fresno died in Fresno due to getting stuck in a wire fence.
Acquisition of the Laos Strain Males
As a testament of my fortune, the relative of the importer was an in-law of mine, Franklin Ha Yang. Nhia Doua had informed Franklin that he sent his last "quality" Laos red junglefowl strain to Fresno. Franklin was able to secure purchase of the two offspring from the breeding completed in Fresno.
A year later, my in-law shared with my father that he had two good red junglefowl roosters and knowing that I had a passion for the birds, asked if I would like to one day visit to see the birds. I jumped on the opportunity and got my first glimpse of the two males in the winter of 2006. Prior to the experience, I had seen literally hundreds of so-called red junglefowls, but this time it was different.
Upon seeing the two birds for the first time, I remembered being in awe and only being able to muster out the word, "Wow." They were so brightly colored and strutted around so effortlessly. The owner said, "wait", and motioned as to say the best was yet to come. Slowly he whispered, "listen for the crow." My father and I stood there in silence. Shortly, my now Breeder #2 crowed. I had never heard a rooster crow the same way, but I knew the properties of the crow, such as the timbre, pitch, rhythm, and last ending note, were distinguishable from vast amounts of junglefowls I had previously heard. My father assured me that was how the birds crowed in Laos. Within 10 minutes, my Breeder #1 crowed and my dad was even more flabbergasted. At that point, I knew the two were special and constantly visited to see the magnificent creatures. I repeatedly asked and sometimes begged him to sell them to me, but he often smiled and said they were invaluable and would never be sold. With that, I would tell him that if he ever had to sell them, to contact me first and he vowed to do so.
When the spring of 2007 rolled around, I received a call from my in-law. He shared that many people have offered to purchase the birds for a respectable amount, but he refused to sell them. Now to my delight and his misfortune, he was moving and his new location would not accommodate the birds. He shared that he dreaded this day would come and that he preferred me to be the new owner of the birds because he would be able to visit anytime and would be guaranteed to get offspring if ever he would have the space to raise some again. I gave him my word that I would pay the highest price and provide the birds with the best of my ability. Still, I waited 3 weeks for him to deliberate and allow me the honor of picking up the birds. I matched the price of the highest two bidders and acquired the two males.
Ever since my acquisition, I have had weekly visitors that come over to admire the birds and countless unexpected visitors from all around California to as far as Minnesota and North Carolina. Many are relatives of relatives, most are complete strangers to me, but they all have one thing in common, they stop by to get a glimpse of the birds and to take pleasure in hearing them crow.Photographs of Nhia Doua Yang's Original Imported Laos Strain Red JunglefowlsThese are never before seen photos by the public. They were provided to me directly from the importer.
The 3 chicks at 2 months old.
The chicks with their surrogate mother, an Oriental game hen.
The original female at 7-8 months of age(she died before she was able to be bred).
The first of the two original roosters in full adult plumage (this male died of health causes in during a harsh Minnesota winter).
This is the second original rooster and the father of my two "Laos Strain" breeders (this male was stolen out of the importer's backyard and was never heard from again).
History of the Hybridized Chang "Thai Strain Red Jungle Fowl Strain":
The Hybridized Thai Red Junglefowl Strain was imported into the U.S. by Mr. Chang of Northern California in the early 2000's. Mr. Chang acquired the Thai Strain Red Junglefowl eggs from a breeder in Thailand. The breeder shared that the eggs sired by a red junglefowl male that was caught directly from the jungle. The Thai strain red junglefowls' mother is a heavily hybridized red junglefowl. Together, a male and a female were hatched from the eggs imported by Mr. Chang.
In 2007, the male of the Thai strain male died from sickness. Before being deceased, Mr. Chang was able to breed the pair and got two females. One hen was given to me and one was sent to Philadelphia where it later died the following year.
Acquisition of the Thai Strain Red Junglefowl Strain
Following the imported Thai Strain Red Junglefowl Male's death, Mr. Chang offered me the imported Thai Junglefowl Hen. I began using her extensively into my junglefowl lines immediately and today, nearly all of my junglefowl productions carry the Thai Strain Red Junglefowl genes.
Unfortunately, in the summer of 2010, the imported Thai Red Junglefowl Hen escaped from her enclosure and flew into nearby green growth. Following hours upon hours of looking for the hen, it was determined that hen was lost. We still have hope that our Thai Strain Hen will one day return.Imported Thai Red Junglefowl Hen's ParentsThese photos are the parents of my imported Thai red junglefowl hen. The photos were shot in Thailand by Mr. Chang.
This is the father of my Thai red junglefowl hen. He was caught in the wild when he was a chick. He is owned my a well-known breeder in Thailand.
Notice the pheasant-like structure, perfect four lesser sickle feathers, and the base of his neck in which is beginning to go into an eclipse molt. People from all over Thailand seek offspring from this male.
On the right is the mother of my Thai red junglefowl hen. She shows domesticated traits, but is still an overall good specimen.
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