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Willem Hoekstra

The basics:
The Ohiki is a Japanese long-tailed breed which was developed in Japan in the late Edo period. It is believed the Ohiki were created by crossbreeding Onagadori and Chabo, other longtailed poultry breeds.

According to breeder Chuck Huffman, "In 2002, Mrs. Toni-Marie Astin imported the breed to the United States from the Wolfgang Vits and Knut Roeder lines of Germany with the help of Marc King of Italy. Mrs. Astin has been working very hard to build up the stamina and fertility as years of inbreeding was killing the lovely breed."

Types: Bantam
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Black Breasted Red, Gold Duckwing, Lavender, Red, Silver Duckwing
Uses: Ornamental
Weight: 26.5 - 33 oz
Personality: Docile and very tame. The Ohiki makes a great pet.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: White
Egg size: Small

What else you should know:
Ohiki chicks have have wobbly legs. So, make sure they do not have any slippery surfaces to walk on. The chicks should also not be housed with any energetic breeds.

Many strains of Ohiki have corn and soy allergies, and require higher protein diets. This can often be accomplished by giving your birds a rice diet with fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish or ground bone meal. Talk to your breeder, to discover what to feed your fowl.

To keep your Ohiki's feathers, looking nice, birds should be kept on a dry surface, and should have no wire surfaces to brush and damage their feathers on. You may also have to add some oil to the feed or feathers of your fowl.

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