My New Chicken Blog

I live in northern IN, USA, and raise rare fowl such as the Japanese Tomaru, the Turkish Denizli, and non-molting long-tail fowl at my hobby farm, Megumi Aviary. I don’t have a lot of spare time. So I will update this when I have a spare moment. If anyone is interested, you can visit the forum that my friend Toni-Marie of bantamlongtails.com and I run at onagadori.net

Japanese long tail and long crowing fowl are my main area of interest. By “Japanese long tails”, I do not mean Phoenix. The misnomer that the Phoenix is a Japanese breed has been around a very long time. It’s been spread by misinformed poultry organizations and hatcheries either as a misunderstanding or a clever selling point to make them sound more exotic. The Phoenix is actually a German breed.

Where the misunderstanding comes in is that the Phoenix does contain a small amount of Japanese blood that was brought from Japan to Germany right after WWII by returning military troups.

Those birds were then crossed with Europe’s own breeds; the Leghorn and some game breeds. When it comes right down to it, the Phoenix contains a very small amount of Japanese blood and was developed and standardized in Europe from mostly European blood.

The Japanese breed that the Phoenix is so often confused with is the Onagadori. Unlike the Phoenix, the Onagadori (developed in Tosa, now the Kochi Prefecture) has green and yellow legs and only molts its tail and saddle feathers once every three to four years, or even longer.

The Phoenix was bred strictly to be a blue/slate-legged, molting breed that molts at least every one to two years and never, ever had tail lengths comparable to the Onagadori. Nor was it intended to have.

You can see real Japanese fowl in this video that was a gift to Toni-Marie from Mr. Stromberg some years ago. Japanese fowl are quite interesting. Several of the breeds there of various polymorphisms that differ from breeds we are familiar with in the west.

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2 Responses to “My New Chicken Blog”

  1. ultimatefowl Says:

    I look forward to reading more!

  2. Cat Hill Says:

    I hope your blogging will continue since the closing of the Onagadori forum. I have just scratched the surface of learning to breed my Tomaru and was looking forward to your guidance in proper breeding technique for the longcrower. I also found the forum lacking in participation but considering the rarity of the breeds discussed there, it is understandable. I hope you will consider posting here should a new forum be opened to those wanting to learn more about the longtail and longcrower.

    My only regret is that there is no way to see the forum posts any longer. I came back to the forum whenever I wanted to refresh. It would have been nice to have archived the posts.

    Thank you.
    Cathy

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