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Stricker's cross fowl
November 2005, year of the rooster

This 3kg, 8 months old Burmese/Thai cross fowl belongs to Stricker. Stricker used a Burmese cock over a Thai hen to produce this stag.

Members gave this stag 160 points as of November 1, 2005.

Gà của anh Stricker. Gà này cha là Burmese (Miến Điện,) mẹ là gà Thái Lan.

Thành viên của trang web cho con gà này 160 điểm.


Story of an International cockfighter

Mr. "Bảy Quéo" is a gamefowl enthusiast who took his ga noi to fight in several neighboring countries. He named his fowl's bloodline "Bảy Quéo" after his nick. Bảy Quéo's bloodline is believed to be old, dating back to the Tây Sơn period (1770). Mr. Bảy Quéo is currently living in the province of Bình Định, Central Viet Nam.

The following story was written by Mr. Le Viet Tho and published on baobinhdinh.com.vn. We've tried several time to contact the website for permission to translate and use here at ganoi.com but haven't got a reply back. After several weeks of waiting, we've decided to republish it while we wait for a reply.


Câu chuyện về sư kê Bảy Bảy Quéo được đăng tại baobinhdinh.com.vn


Hearing me saying that I had come to look for him twice at his house in ùinh Định but couldn't find him, Mr. Bảy Quéo laughed and said "During this cockfighting season, I usually stay at Mr. Đấu pit in Quy Nhon. Even when it is not cockfighting season, I usually wander around to different places doing chicken related work."

Mr. Bảy Quéo and his gà nòi


















An International Cockfighter.
Since 1994, Mr. Bảy Quéo has started taking his fowl to fight in other countries. The first country was Lao. He said: "At that time, I had a friend who lived in Tuy Phước who went to Lao to work as a bulldozer operator in Savanakhet. Seeing that the people there also loved to fight cock, he asked me to come. The first time I went there, I don't know what to expect. I checked out the street and map carefully, got all my paper done and took with me 5 cocks and got there by bus. I stayed there for about a month and went to fight cock everywhere. Of the five cocks that I brought, one of them died, one was tied in a winning position, three won and one of the winning cocks won twice the same day. I was famous from that day."

His fame crossed the border into Thailand and he was invited to fight cock there. This time, a Vietnamese-Thai engineer in Mukdahan invited him. He again took with him several cocks, followed the land route to Lao, crossed the Mekong river and reached Thailand. Since then, he has been to Thailand several time, each time he would stayed from 20 days to a month long. He has temporarily stopped going to Thailand since 2004 when the bird flu started. The first time he was in Thailand, his fowls won two consecutive matches which gained him the respect from Thai cockers. In all, Mr. Bảy Quéo had fought his fowl in 11 provinces in Thailand.

Regarding the sport, Mr. Bảy Quéo said that each country has its differences. In Thailand for example, each round is 20 minutes long, the break time is also 20 minutes per round. In Lao, the break time is 10 minutes, but in Viet Nam, the break time is only 5 minutes. Lao and Thai chicken has full feathers similar to Vietnamese ga cua, thin bone, light weight etc. Vietnamese chicken is bigger, taller, has heavy bone, well developed muscle, powerful leg so it's very easy to win. "But I've learnt new thing after each trip. I've learnt whatever good from them and they have also learnt from me. But on the skill and technique, I have to say that we are better then them. For example, when I was in Lao, my cock lost its beak and I repaired it and everyone was surprised. They thought that a cock that has already lost its beak will lose soon but my cock won."- Mr. Bảy Quéo laughed happily.

Bảy Quéo bloodline
Mr. Bảy Quéo started raising ga noi when he was twelve year old. In the beginning, he followed his uncles and the cock masters such as Yến Sơn, Sáu Hề, Mười Tập in the province of Bình Định, Đập Đá area to fight cock in various pits. In 1965, at the age of 17, he had saved enough money to buy his first cock. Later when he grew up, he only purchased cocks that have well known history and bloodline for breeding. "When I was in Phước Quang, my house was small, I had to raise my chicken in the paddie field. Later, my mother bought a larger house in Bình Định and I have been able to raise chicken to the maximum of my desire." Mr. Bảy Quéo said.

As to the accquisition of his ga noi's bloodline, it was more than just a random chance. According to Mr. Bảy Quéo, in those day, he had heard that there was a gentleman by the name of Hòang gà who also owned a brick manufactory in the province of Bình Định had good ga noi and so he went there to see. It was said that this very bloodline had been bred since the Tay Son period and that pleased him very much. He gathered all his saving worthed about an ouce of gold to buy one of the hen. He slowly bred this hen and came up with his own bloodline today.

Bảy Quéo's bloodline is very game. Mr. Bảy said: "I have win and lost, but my fowl will fight until they die in the ring or until the end of regulation. They don't quit. I slowly go to the pit to fight the offsprings from this bloodline and won more than lost, many of the winning fights were important. My bloodline steadily became well known, and the nick name Bảy Quéo was born."

Gà nòi from Bình Định were known for having good physical build. They can endure pain and remain competitive in a drag fight, many can last up to 40 rounds of continuous fighting. There is at least one author who wrote cockfighting book who stated that when it come to ga don, fowl from Bình Định is the most famous. Bảy Quéo's bloodline came from a famous place, has the Tây Sơn mystique, are well traned and selected, that's why his fowls are alway more expensive than other bloodlines. His bloodline is well known. Breeders from Thailand, Cambodia, and China have come to buy fowls and learn from him.

Beside producing fowls from his own bloodline, Mr. Bảy Quéo also goes to the pit to examine chicken's feet to select ga noi, creating additional lines and exporting them to other countries. He normally buy fowls inside Viet Nam from 500,000 dong to several million dong (500,000 dong is about $33 dollars.) and sell them in other countries for $100 to $1000 dollars. He also bought good fowls from other countries. Since 2000, the local branch of National Institute of Animal Husbandry of Viet Nam (Viện Chăn Nuôi) in the Central has selected two special ga noi's bloodlines for genetic study and preservation. One of those bloodlines is Bảy Quéo. The other equally famous bloodline is Ngân Hàng. (Ngân Hàng means the bank. This bloodline was famous for winning so many fights that people gave it a nick name "the bank".)

A lifetime passion for gà nòi
The depth of Mr. Bảy Quéo's 45 years career as a cockfighter provides him with many experiences. From brood selection to training, sparring etc. he has ton of them. He gave me a general understanding of the most simple basic: After selecting a good hen with a well known history, usually a ferocious hen, but not too old, (under 6 years) breed it to a cock that has good physical build and good pit record. After hatching, the chicks are kept with their mother for 2 to 3 months then separated from mom. From 4 to 5 months, male are separated from female. The male at this age are separated from each other to avoid fighting. When the stags begin to crow, their ear lobe and feathers around the neck and thigh are trimmed to condition the skin. The stags are sparred and the owner carefully watch to examine their ability.

Mr. Bảy Quéo is also known for his ability to match fowl. In South Viet Nam, there are pits that allow touching each other fowl when matching but in the Central, there can be no touching. All fowl matching are done by sight. He is well known for his ability to predict the winner by visual examination of their physical appearance.

I asked him, after 45 years of cockfighting, do you feel sad because to the general public, cockfighting also means gambling. Mr. Bảy said: "Many people thought that cockfighting means gambling but that is only true to certain people. The people who has true passion for cockfighting don't neccessarily gamble for a living. If you look at my hand, they are crushed because of chicken. But I am not richer than any body. I made a good living by selling ga noi. My wife sometime got grouchy but she realized that a passion for cockfighting is better than obsession for most other thing so she eased up on me... and so, I continue to follow the crowing of ga noi.




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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