Other common names: Red Shouldered Yokohama
The Yokohama Chicken is an extremely showy, long-tailed breed which was developed in Germany from the Japanese long-tailed breed, the Onagadori Chicken. In appearance, it most closely resembles the Minohiki breed, and to a lesser extent the European Phoenix Breed, which probably shares many of the same ancestors.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Walnut Comb): Red Pyle, Silver Duckwing, White
Bantam: 22- 26 oz
Largefowl: 3.5 - 4.5 lbs
Personality: Alert, intelligent, and friendly if handled regularly in their youth
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium
What else you should know:
To keep your Yokohama's tails in good condition, small amounts of oil can be feed, or put onto the tails. This will help keep their tails flexible and healthy. Dry housing, wooden walls (wire can shred tails) and tall perches are also recommended.
Yokohama chickens do best on higher protein diet. Speak to your feed store owner about gamefowl feeds, or look into purchasing turkey food.
great ornamental birds, tail feathers
safe yard, perfect environment, adequate shelter
This Tail Goes On And On And On...
The Yokahama chicken breed isn't really for people who want egg layers (though they do lay tasty eggs - just not in great abundance) or meat birds (it's kind of like raising orchids to make salads). Yokahama chickens are almost purely kept for their aesthetics.
If you have a fenced-in, safe yard with a few trees, then you have the perfect environment for Yokahamas. The chickens like to roost in trees - at which point you will see immediately why they are prized show fowl - because their tail feathers can get up to 25 feet long (I've read of examples where the tail feathers have reached lengths of 50+ feet in length, but I've never witnessed that, personally).
Imagine - during any season, really (though North American winters can be a bit harsh for these birds, so they should have adequate shelter in freezing temperatures) - looking outside to see your trees looking like weeping willows, with long, flowing plumage draping down form the branches and pooling on the ground.
They are regular chickens, apart from that. They are great at foraging, eating bugs and the like. They lay eggs, make noise, and everything else regular chickens do. Just make sure they have high places to roost - day and night - otherwise their tails will get ruined..
From Dementropy Apr 2 2015 7:20PM