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What is Denizli chicken

The Denizli is a long-crowed rooster breed developed in the southwestern part of Turkey, near the city of Denizli. Their crowing can last from 15 to 35 seconds. However, the length of their crowing decreases after 3 years of age. There are three types of calls of the Denizli rooster: clear, Davudi (medium) and thick. Davudi has a unique and clear crowing.

Denizli  characteristics

The Denizli has a deep chest with a distinctive squirrel tail. Its neck and legs are long and slate blue. It has a pink-type crest and its face and earlobes are red. Unfortunately, the Denizli is not a very fertile bird, so it is advisable to place one rooster for every 3 hens in a pen. They have a challenging look and the color of their eyes is black.

Roosters weigh around 3-3.5 kg (7-8.5 lb), while hens reach the weight of 2- 2.5 kg (5-6 lb).

Denizli  breed varieties

This breed comes in 5 different color varieties; Demirkyr (a balanced mix of black and white); Pamukkyr (mostly white plumage than black); Kinali (red spots on wings); Al (red) (a mixture of colors between red and black); Black (completely black, no white feathers).

Denizli  egg production

Denizli hens lay about 70 to 140 eggs per year, but they rarely incubate their eggs. The breed is slow-growing and fully matures at 8 months of age.

Denizli  history

The Denizli is a breed of rooster developed in the city of Denizli, Turkey. Its main attraction is its long singing ability, which lasts between 15 to 35 seconds in its first year.

This long-singing breed has become the symbol of the city of Denizli, gaining more and more popularity throughout Turkey for its colors and long, beautiful, harmonious crowing. According to some theories about the origin of the breed, the long-crowned Berat roosters were brought to Istanbul during the Ottoman Empire from Albania and later brought to Denizli, where they were interbred with local birds, resulting in the first specimens of the Denizli rooster. This theory is still highly debated, as there are not many similarities between the two species when compared in terms of body color and structure.

The crowing of the roosters is classified according to tone and clarity. According to the sound tones, they are divided into 3 groups: Ince (low), Davudi (average), and Kalin (thick) According to the clarity, they are divided into 4 groups: sad voice, high voice, wavy voice, funny voice. According to the position of the body, the crowing is divided into four groups; lion crowing, wolf crowing, hero crowing, and pus crowing.

Denizli in recovery

Its population has been observed to be declining, and the Lalahan Central Livestock Research Institute is developing an active conservation program, to save it from possible extinction.

Denizli  curiosities

It has been a symbol of the city and province of Denizli for at least nine hundred years. In 2013 Turkey’s largest glass sculpture, showing a Denizli giant rooster was inaugurated in Delikliçınar Square, Denizli City, to honor the breed, after conducting a survey to decide on a statue for the newly renovated square. A video of a rooster crowing for more than 20 seconds titled “Death Metal Rooster”, went viral on YouTube in 2010.

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