WONG Hock Seng used to run a major property company in Kuala Lumpur. But after seeing several of his colleagues stricken with cancer, he went into raising “better than organic” grass-fed chickens in 2001.
Realising that chicken farming in Malaysia was an “industry” where the birds are packed tightly together and often fed with antibiotics to keep them alive, he decided to establish his DQ Clean Chicken Farm in the green hilly area of Bukit Tinggi, Pahang.
No hormones, no growth promoters, no sub-therapeutic antibiotics, no toxic chemicals, no banned drugs – goes his slogan.
“My chickens can roam about as each one has 2.3sqm to 3.7sqm. They wander the organic fields eating grass, legumes, vegetables and natural foods such as insects.”
He does not use fish meal as there are reports that these are contaminated with chemicals. Instead he cooks corn and fish which are raised on his own farm.
Commercial “broiler chickens” are bred to grow fast. They are fed mostly with cornmeal pellets and slaughtered at around 40 days.
“In the old days, ayam kampung or choy yin kai were bred for 60 to 70 days,” he recalls.
Wong underlines that this sort of “express growth” comes at a price – where the ratio of bad to good cholesterol (Omega 6 versus 3) is as high as 60 to 1 in such chickens.
“If you take a lot of Omega 6, after 10 or 15 years it will get you eventually through the narrowing and hardening of arteries, obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis, eyesight problems and heart attack,” Wong cautions.
“Omega 6 really makes you age and affects your skin and beauty, too.”
His specially selected grass-fed chicken breeds are allowed to grow up to 85 days and he shows me lab tests where the ratio of Omega 6 to 3 is as good as 4:1. Whereas ayam kampung are a bit tough and bony, he says his chicken breeds are more tender and meaty.
Wong believes that when commercially raised chickens are packed together, it’s a potential hotbed for bird flu.
“A virus can jump rapidly from bird to bird and mutate. This is the problem with intensive, fast farming.”
He adds that many commercial chickens are washed by being dipped in disinfectants like chlorine whereas he uses a special blend of organic acids.
Nothing is wasted at DQ farm. Chicken waste is composted to become fertiliser for organic durians – or even used to make fly traps!
“On normal farms, chicken dung fertiliser will attract many flies, which then causes farmers to spray pesticides,” he explains.
“I tackle the flies organically by putting chicken dung into a container above my fish pond. The flies lay eggs there and when the maggots hatch, they fall straight down to feed my tilapia or soon hock (marble goby) fish!”
He recallshow his own doctor got colon cancer in his 40s.
“When I asked him what was the single most important thing to watch out for, he said it was food.” – n For more information, check dqcleanchick en.com or call 03-4251 6580 / e-mail: hs_ email@example.com
Wong Hock Seng, the founder of DQ Clean Chicken, says that chemicals contaminating our food is a problem with the whole system.