Phoenix Chicken

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Other common names: Japanese Phoenix; Silver Phoenix

The basics:
The Phoenix chicken is a long-tailed fowl, which was created in Germany from selective breeding of Onagadori Chicken with more common breeds.

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, "The first president of the National German Poultry Association, Mr. Hugo du Roi, is credited with the creation of the Phoenix breed. The long-tailed birds imported before 1900 represented a small population of chickens with delicate constitutions. Mr. du Roi made the decision to outcross to try and invigorate this small population and keep alive long-tailed fowls in Europe. History tells us that the Onagadori sprang up from crosses of Shokuku and Totenko, and possibly Minohiki long-tail chicken breeds of Japan. It is these chickens, crossed with Leghorn, Malay, Modern Game, Old English Game, Ramelsloher, Bruegge Game, Yokohama, and Kruper that comprise the ancestry of the modern Phoenix."

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black Breasted Red, Gold Duckwing, Silver Duckwing
Uses: Ornamental
Bantam: 24 - 26 oz
Largefowl: 4 - 5.5 lbs
Personality: The Phoenix is an active breed, that can be temperamental with other fowl. So adding birds to a flock, should be done with caution. Amongst people, they can become rather tame pets.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Warm and dry
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg size: Medium
Egg color: White or Cream

What else you should know:
If you desire superior tail growth, your Pheonix will need dry pens with tall perches. Conditioning can help keep the tail flexible and in good form.

Like many gamefowl, Phoenix chickens should be feed higher levels of protein. Try to feed your birds around 22% protein. To achieve this level of protein, talk to your feed store employe. You may have to purchase feed made specifically for gamefowl, or even turkey feed.

The Phoenix is very high on the pecking order, and males may have trouble living within the same flock with one another. If housing a flock of only Phoenix, then natural incubation and brooding will be the easiest transition for new flock members.


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