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Monthly feature photo April 2005
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AYA's best stag
2005, year of the rooster

AYA, our member from Malaysia has this to say about his stag:
"This stags is my favourite one. All 3 games did not last more than 10 minutes and all his opponent died in the pit....

This photo contains 43 comments at the time of this writting. That's the most comments ever made to a particular photo on this website.

Thank you AYA for sharing your photo and story with the members.



Ga Ho
Though plump and heavy, Mr. Ket's cockerel jumped easily onto a hedge full of yellow flowers, puffed up his chest, raised his head, and crowed majestically. The morning call is over, he jumped back down to strut his stuff before a gaggle of admiring hens.

It's right that he struts like that, he's no ordinary cockerel. He's a Ho cockerel, "said Mr. Ket, a 67 years-old man from Phung Cong village in Hung Yen province and one of the few remaining Ho chicken breeders. There are others who share his passion for this relatively rare bird: When cultural researcher Le Thanh Bao was in the army, he marched the Ho Chi Minh Trail with two Ho chickens in his backpack. He says that they originated 500 to 600 years ago in Ho village, Bac Ninh province but today they are mainly found in a few villages along the banks of the Red River in Hung Yen province where the weather is cool, the alluvial soil rich, and the rice green and lush. continue story


Mystery of the feathers

Kê Kinh associated the five natural elements to the various color of fowl and their mysterious forces in controlling the outcome of a match. To many cockers, it is regarded as myth, yet to other, it is not so. In this home page feature, We will take a look at the last section of the old book dealing with color. As with all material from old book, please treat it as entertainment because we have not had the financial resource to conduct testing on this subject.

The five natural elements
Iron > Wood > Earth > Water > Fire > Iron
Iron is superior to Wood (wood can be cut with an iron saw), Wood is superior to Earth, Earth is superior to Water, Water is superior to Fire, Fire is superior to Iron, and togather, they make complete circle.

Their association with colors:

Iron = White
Wood = Grey
Earth = Yellow
Water = Black
Fire = Red

In theory, cock with various color would fare as follow:

White cock > Grey cock (White cock win against Grey cock)
Grey cock > Yellow cock
Yellow cock > Black cock
Black cock > Red cock
Red cock > White cock

The time of the day and the season of the year also influence their outcome. Red fowl are fought in the morning. Grey fowl are fought in the Spring...etc.

And:
Iron produce or give rise to Water
Water produce Wood
Wood produce Fire
Fire produce Earth
Earth produce Iron

This "cause and effect" theory is applied to breeding. Brood cock and hen are selected to match their element. It is believed that brood fowls that are compatible will produce good offsprings.

White fowl (iron) is compatible with Black fowl (water)
Black fowl (water) is compatible with Grey fowl (wood)
Grey fowl (wood) is compatible with Red fowl (fire)
Red fowl (fire) is compatible with yellow fowl (earth)
Yellow fowl (earth) is compatible with white fowl (iron)

In the above example, a black fowl would be compatible to both a white fowl and a grey fowl. It is unclear whether this black fowl must be a hen or a cock.


Important Notice

All material relating to ga noi on this website is applicable to ga noi only. It may or may not hold true for other type of fowl.

Scale reading is the study of the legs of gà nòi as recorded in Kê Kinh.
The word "nòi" means bloodline so their bloodline must be fully known.
The examination of fowl include: Head, body, tail, and legs. Scale reading is only part of the art and therefore must be examined in consideration of other factors. This include the conditioning of the cocks, their diet, age...etc. It is unwise to rely on special scale to pit cock in bad condition expecting to win. A rule of thumb is: Given everything being equal, a cock with special scale indicate special talent.
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