An unusual Vietnamese chicken breed named “Dong Tao”, high prized for its delicious meat, has one of the thickest legs, which you might not frequently seen among birds of that size. This rare chicken breed is endemic to the Dong Tao commune in Khoai Chau district, around 30kilometers from Hanoi. Once the chicken bred exclusively to serve the royal family and mandarins, this sporadic breed is now prized by chicken breeders and its meat is served in luxurious restaurants that cater to the wealthy. The legs themselves are fragility and however, the Dong Tao chicken has a striking figure, a healthy body and stout legs covered with reddish scales. Therefore, a male adult Dong Tao chicken can weigh up to six kilograms and grow legs as thick as a human’s wrist. The hen’s colors are generally white, while the cocks have colorful feathers.
Due to its delicacy and taste the bird is in high demand but unluckily in short supply, which obviously leads to its high price. A pair of Dong Tao chicken can fetch $2,500. The chickens are very sensitive to weather conditions and tend to lay fewer eggs than normal chicken. Their unhelpfully big feet make the hatching process even more problematic, so breeders are very careful to have to assist the hens in order to produce chicks. Thus a new born chick takes 8 months to one year to become a sellable bird of 3 to 5 kilograms.