Other common names: Japanese Phoenix; Silver Phoenix
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
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.
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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Phoenix Bantams: You'd LOVE Them
These are perhaps my favorite breed of chicken, but I love all of mine so much, this is a huge battle between cornish and phoenix as favorites...well let me tell you about this wonderful breed of chicken:
I own three silver phoenix bantams, 1 rooster named: Satchel & 2 hens named: Peanut and Tula
They fly at faces and hands so they can be close to you, they love to cuddle and be warmed up in your coat, even Satchel my rooster. Satchel has a soft crow, and its not high pitched and he doesn't crow all that often, maybe 5 or 6 times a day, if that. Tula and Peanut are so gentle. The entire trio will walk or fly into my family's house at all costs, and of coarse we reward this 'behavior' with bread and laughter. They are guard-dog/chickens to people at the door when out of their pen...flying at any new hand, shoulder or face expecting food! Peanut was broody for three days, then I tried to move her and she got stubborn. They have a roofed in run for the rooster's conditioning. I haven't showed these birds yet but they will do amazing. A 4 by 4 coop with a 4 by 8 run suits a trio well with a little monitored free ranging.
They are also crazy about peanuts!
Find me on BYC w/questions.
From Whittni Mar 14 2012 11:30PM
My family purchased Silver Phoenix chicks as a homeschooling project. As we were hand-raising the chicks we ended up with some aggressive roosters. The hens did well in chicken tractors, and at three years old were laying a large sized egg.
The reason we went with Silver Phoenix was that the hackles and saddles on the rooster were prime fly-tying feathers. Hence our first "Silver" an attack rooster, made some very nice fishing flies from his no-longer-needed feathers... Our second Silver lived for 9 years and was hen raised, and was protective of his hens while respecting people.
Our hens now self-propagate and are somewhere between free-range and wild, our only challenge is keeping the rooster population down. On average each hen will attempt going broody once during the season, though we have had some January clutches come peeping out of the hay loft.
On a negative note: the Phoenix are exceptional flyers and enjoy hiding their eggs. For the highest success of keeping eggs and hens non-broody, we had to use chicken tractors..
From WoadWarrior May 18 2014 10:16PM
One of the most colorful chicken breeds the Phoenix shines at a poultry show. This is a rare Japanese breed that has been selected for generations based on it's plumage length. My roosters tail feathers were nearly four feet long. There are some color variations from gold, to white, and a few other shades in the mix. I bought mine with the intention of selectively breeding in a red gene from Rhode Island Reds but quickly discovered that the tail length, and body type of the Phoenix are recessive genes. The personality of this breed is very similar to the American Game; aggressive, and highly independent. I still have a small scar down my upper arm from the spurs of my rooster. I sold him after a couple of years of taking him to poultry shows. For meat or eggs I would certainly not recommend this breed..
From Travis A. Wooten May 20 2014 10:49AM