Other common names: Koeyoshi Long Crower; Koeyoshi Long-Crower
The Koeyoshi Long Crower is a breed of long crower gamefowl created in Japan in the 1700's. The Koeyoshi Longcrower was created by crossing and backcrossing Shamo Chickens and the Tomaru longcrowers. This gave the Koeyoshi the longest crowing sound of all chickens (up to 25 seconds have been recorded). The Koeyoshi has a deep long crow made from a closed beak.
They descended from the Indonesian Ayam Pelung long crower and was introduce to Britain and Germany in the 1980s and now there is a British standard for the breed. They have long tail feathers and are not as upright as other gamefowl, unless they have recently been outbred with Shamo.
In Japanese, Koeyoshi means 'beautiful voice'.
Varieties (Pea Comb): Goshiki
Uses: Long Crowing, Ornamental
Weight: 6.5 - 10 lbs
Personality: Despite its fearsome appearance, the Koeyoshi is actually one of the most peaceful, gentle and tame of all chicken breeds. They like to be hand fed and will run up as soon as you approach their pens. Though extremely difficult to source, these would make an excellent pet.
Preferred Climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes, but large pens only.
Egg production: Good (3/week)
What else you should know:
Many eggs are sterile and a large number of eggs need to be hatched to gain birds that develop to maturity. The breed is also highly inbred and and there has been some recent outbreeding with the Shamo to try and improve the genetics.
Koeyoshi are unusual in that the rooster changes its plumage colour after the breeding season (a feature retained from the ancestral jungle fowl).