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DENIZLI (DENIZLI HOROZU)

One of the WORLD'S GREATEST LONGCROWER!

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Good news also for America - in the Spring of 2002 I was successful in officially exporting the Birchen Denizli to a small group of breeders in America who will be dedicating themselves to this incredible trumpeter! Contact me if you are interested, the waiting list is growing.....

 

At right, a Denizli rooster showing the lighter phase of the Demirkyr color pattern.

 

Click below for a mpg file from the official Denizli-Horozu website - it is a large file and takes a few minutes, but one can hear a troup of Denizli crowing in the background like a herd of elephants!!! INCREDIBLE!!!

 



Perhaps the world's best "singer fowl". The western world has Mr. Wolfgang Vits (see picture below left, lecturing on the Denizli in the mid 1990s) to thank for the (re)discovery and the dissemination of this incredible breed of fowl outside of Turkey.



Wolfgang, in 1984, during his travels in Turkey, heard said that there was an extremely long-crowing breed of poultry in East Analtolia. In Trabzon, at the eastern end of the Black Sea, He met together with gamefowl breeders and witnessed a gaming event of fowl organized by a Turkish pigeon breeder friend, Mr Ihsan Kandill who at that time lived in Southern Germany. At this event, he was told that there was a special breed called Denizli Horozu, that one of the breeders would like to show him. It was late at night, however, when the Turkish man brought his cock and the bird was not very willing to "sing" at this hour and not in front of strange surrounding. He was supposed to have a "song" of at least fifteen seconds.

 

In 1985 and in 1986 he tried in vain to import eggs by way of Turkish seasonal immigrant workers in Germany. Not even a high "finder's fee" helped as incentive. For this reason he undertook the trip again, this time with his wife, Dr. Brigit Vits, to travel inland again in the search of this rare breed. In order to keep the breed pure and to ensure its survival, a governmental breeding station has been set up that maintains the selections of voice. Chicks are then avaiable to farmers in the surrounding area. By this method the government has ensured their suvival, as the birds that are given out are often quickly crossed with laying- and broiler-hybrids that roam free with them on the farms. The breed is well known in Turkey. The city of Denizli has an image of a crowing rooster in its coat-of-arms and a common expression in Turkish is, "You make as much noise as a Denizli rooster!"

 

The visit to the breeding station was very impressive indeed. One hundred or more cocks werre in a kind of farm shed divided of approximately four foot by four foot into small family groups (according to ancestory). They were raised on wood slats for hygiene purposed. "The roosters sang, or rather trumpeted continuously and simulatenous, each with a slightly different pitch: a complete orchestra!!", Wolfgang vits. "This was around noon. In the morning they would sing more! Most of the crows were about ten to fifteen seconds in length, some longer. One particular cock crowed only seven to eight seconds. I was told that he had a particularly melodic voice."

 

Wolfgang received thirty eggs of ca. 60gram weight each and a breed description in Turkish (!) which took a while to have translated and to understand.

 

Translated and adpated by Marc King - used with permission from Wolfgang Vits, Marburgh, GERMANY.

 

 



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