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Meet the chicken man of HCM City

Update: June, 27/2015 - 12:00

A man in Ho Chi Minh City loves chickens.

He keeps many of them. It is something Phan Minh Hong has done since he was a schoolboy.

Some special chickens he has are dark-face chickens from Indonesia.

He found out about them while surfing the Internet.

Big bird: Hong raises large chickens that weigh more than 10kg each. They can be sold for VN25 million (US$1,000) from his farm.
Big bird: Hong raises large chickens that weigh more than 10kg each. They can be sold for VN25 million (US$1,000) from his farm. VNS photo courtesy of Phan Minh Hong

by Nguyen Thanh Ha

Thirty-year-old Phan Minh Hong loves to raise chickens and his passion has got him hundreds of rare pet chickens worth billions of dong.

A pet chicken lover in HCM City, Huynh Van Thuc just bought a couple of Indonesian chickens known as Ayam Cemani, from Hong for VND4 million.

"I'm very happy with the Indonesian chickens. They are dubbed Devil-Faced because they are black, even their insides, and they look strong and attractive," says Thuc, adding that the breed is still rare in the country, so many pet chicken lovers excitedly come to his house to see the new arrivals.

Hong, who is from the southern province of Binh Duong's Tan Binh Ward in Di An Town, tells Viet Nam News that his passion has been to raise precious and rare pets since he was a schoolboy, so he often looked for new birds to add to his collection.

Last year, while searching the Internet, he came across a breed from Indonesia, which pet lovers had been looking for since long.

"I asked my older sister who lives in Indonesia to look for the breed. After two months of making necessary procedures via veterinary offices of the two countries, I imported my first batch of 14 pet birds, including six males and eight females, with an initial investment of nearly VND300 million," Hong says, adding he had to borrow the money from his relatives and friends.

According to Hong, the Indonesian breed originated in Java Island. Its black feathers and meat are believed to bring good luck to breeders and hence is popular among pet lovers.

"An Indonesian chicken breeder told me that the Ayam Cemani meat is very good for pregnant women as well as newly delivered mothers," he says.

To prevent his pets from contracting any diseases or infections, Hong reveals that he first get them vaccinated in a veterinary office.

"I was much worried when a male bird died, but a veterinarian told me that it died because it could not adapt to the new climate and environment in Viet Nam," Hong adds.

Hong's imported pets are looked after well, with suitable feeds. To date, he has successfully produced nearly 100 young pets, and sold them at a price of VND3-3.5 million per 1-month-old couple.

"I've already received orders for all my young pets. Those who want my pets should order two months in advance," Hong says.

Tran Anh Tuan, chairman of the Tan Binh Ward's Farmers Association, notes that Hong's first pet chicken that was imported to Viet Nam is raised in the ward.

"We are aware that the Indonesian pet chicken sell well in Southeast Asian countries, generating high incomes for their breeders. In the coming time, if the breed is well-developed, our association will talk with Hong to multiply the breeds for other farming households, particularly the poor ones, so as to help them have a stable income," Tuan says.

Talking about his pet chicken flock, Hong says he now has more than 200 pet chickens such as giant chicken from the United Kingdom, lion chicken from Poland, fish-scales chicken from Japan and the Netherlands, as well as local Dong Tao and Ho chickens.

Hong just bought a plot of 700sq.m at Di An Town to raise his pets. In the past he had to move from one place to another because neighbours often complained about bad smell from his chicken coops.

"I hope in this new place, my pets will enjoy a peaceful life," he says.

Born in 1985 in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, Hong enrolled in the Accounting Department of the University of Economics in HCM City.

During his university days, he came across pet lovers seeking pet birds, which were available in his home town, but for a high price. He returned to his village looking for pet bird suppliers and then sold them online.

His business developed so well that in 2006, he gave up his studies to get married and began investing in pet birds and chickens business. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Thirty-year-old Phan Minh Hong loves to raise chickens and his passion has got him hundreds of rare pet chickens worth billions of dong.

If you have a passion for something, you love doing it so much you don't worry about whether or not it makes you money or costs you money, you simply do it for the love of it.

If there are only a few of a certain type of chicken in the world, they are rare.

"They are dubbed Devil-Faced because they are black, even their insides, and they look strong and attractive," says Thuc, adding that the breed is still rare in the country, so many pet chicken lovers excitedly come to his house to see the new arrivals.

If a certain chickens are dubbed Devil-Faced, they are called that.

" After two months of making necessary procedures via veterinary offices of the two countries, I imported my first batch of 14 pet birds, including six males and eight females, with an initial investment of nearly VND300 million," Hong says, adding he had to borrow the money from his relatives and friends.

To make the necessary procedures via veterinary offices means to do so through veterinary offices. Veterinary means animal health.

To import birds means to buy them from sellers in another country.

An investment is an amount of money spent on a project in the hope that the project will produce more money. If a number of investments are made, the first would be the initial one.

According to Hong, the Indonesian breed originated in Java Island. Its black feathers and meat are believed to bring good luck to breeders and hence is popular among pet lovers.

"Hence" means "for this reason".

To prevent his pets from contracting any diseases or infections, Hong reveals that he first get them vaccinated in a veterinary office.

To contract a disease means to catch an illness.

To reveal something means to let it be known.

When animals, people or birds are vaccinated they are given medication to prevent them from catching diseases.

"I was much worried when a male bird died, but a veterinarian told me that it died because it could not adapt to the new climate and environment in Viet Nam," Hong adds.

To adapt to a new climate means to get used to a new climate.

Tran Anh Tuan, chairman of the Tan Binh Ward's Farmers Association, notes that Hong's first pet chicken that was imported to Viet Nam is raised in the ward.

A ward is an area.

"We are aware that the Indonesian pet chicken sell well in Southeast Asian countries, generating high incomes for their breeders.

If chickens generate high incomes they bring in a lot of money for their owners.

In the coming time, if the breed is well-developed, our association will talk with Hong to multiply the breeds for other farming households, particularly the poor ones, so as to help them have a stable income," Tuan says.

A stable income is money that comes in regularly in much the same amounts, rather than a lot one week and a little another week and so on.

Hong just bought a plot of 700sq.m at Di An Town to raise his pets. In the past he had to move from one place to another because neighbours often complained about bad smell from his chicken coops.

Chicken coops are chicken cages.

Born in 1985 in the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre, Hong enrolled in the Accounting Department of the University of Economics in HCM City.

To enroll at a university means to join a study programme at that university.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following in the Word Search.

1. The country where lion chickens come from.

2. The country in which Phan Minh Hong's older sister lives.

3. A big event in Phan Minh Hong's personal life nine years ago.

4. An island in Indonesia.

5. The colour of Devil-Faced chickens.

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1. Poland; 2. Indonesia; 3. Marriage; 4. Java; 5. black.

 

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