The Yamato Gunkei is an ancient ornamental fowl from Japan. These fowl, are one of the largest of the bantam breeds of the Shamo type. They should not be mistaken for Ko Shamo, which is another breed entirely.
Varieties: Black, Black Breasted Red, Blue, Cuckoo, Gold Ducking, Silver Duckwing, Spangled, White
Uses: Ornamental, Pets, Preservation, Pit
Weight: 2.8 - 4.5 lbs
Personality: Calm and sweet, the Yamato Gunkei can make an excellent pet. Amongst other fowl, they are highly aggressive.
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Small
What else you should know:
The Yamato Gunkei is highly aggressive amongst other fowl, and is best raised in pairs or trios. Adding hens into a flock should be done with great caution, while adding roosters to the flock is simply not recommended.
Yamato chickens have special needs to stay healthy. Speak to your breeder about diet and general care. Do not be surprised if they recommend a special rice based diet, and heating and cooling your fowl during extreme temperatures.
Fertility of the Yamato varies amonst bloodlines, but is usually rather low.