Phoenix

A Silver Duckwing Phoenix cock bird
Photo courtesy of Kim Mower

Phoenix are descendants of the chickens that are seen in Japanese illustrations, which bear tails of 15 to 20 feet or longer. The only breed today that gets a tail of this length is the Onagadori. After the second year, the roosters no longer molt their sickle feathers. To maintain these tails, the birds are kept up on high roosts the way parrots are. Most of the Longtails do partially molt their sickle feathers each year, although individual feathers may be shed only every second or third year. This gene can be selected for, and a careful and longterm breeding project can produce birds with nonshedding tail feathers.

There are many breeds of Longtail fowl in Japan. The one our Phoenix most resembles is the Onagadori, except that the birds in the US rarely get any great length to their tails. There are also Longtail birds with pea combs, which in the US are called Yokohamas. However, this is not the name of any breed in Japan, but merely the port from which the early specimens were shipped out.


Breed clubs:

Oriental Game Breeders Association
Eve Bundy
PO Box 100
Creston, CA 93432
phone: 805-237-1010

The Asian Gamefowl Society
Julia Keeling, British Representative
Ballashee, Staarvey Road, German
Isle of Man, IM5 2AJ
British Isles
phone: (+44)-1624-801825
e-mail: shamolady@email.com
or
Speciaalclub Aziatische Vechthoenrassen
Willem van Ballekom (Secretaris SAV)
Hobokenlaan 19
5628 VA Eindhoven
Nederland
phone: 040-2417208
e-mail: ASIAGAME@WORLDONLINE.NL


Phoenix Links:

Marc King's page on Japanese Ornamental Fowl.

Shamoman's Fowl

Toni-Marie's Onagadori South Feather Farm

An Australian Phoenix forum

Dario's Bantam Barn

Phoenix bantams at Boggy Bottom Bantams

Golden Phoenix at Our Flybabies

Stewart Longtails has Phoenix


Japanese Silver Phoenix

The hen is on the left

Here's a very nice Silver Phoenix male

Silver Phoenix hens
Photo courtesy of Toni-Marie Astin

A Silver Phoenix rooster with a nice tail on the left and a rooster with a great tail on the right
Photos courtesy of Amanda Stewart

A Silver Phoenix bantam hen
Photo courtesy of Aubrey Webb

A bantam Silver cockerel from Germany
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel

"Mr. & Mrs. Arizona," a young pair of Silver Phoenix
Photo courtesy of Martha Nowak

A Silver Phoenix rooster
Photo courtesy of Earl & Mandy McLauchlin

Two more Silver Phoenix roosters
Photos courtesy of Toni-Marie Astin

Silver Phoenix bantam cockerels from Sweden
Photos courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Silver DuckWing Phoenix bantam cockerels
Photo courtesy of Aubrey Webb

A Modern Silver Phoenix hen on the left and another Silver rooster on the right
Photos courtesy of Brian Reeder (left) and Jeff Hann (right)

An Ismer German Silver Phoenix male
Photo courtesy of Brian Reeder


Japanese Golden Phoenix

My Golden Phoenix cock, "Tail Junior"

And here's his dad "Tail," my very first Phoenix cock
Photo courtesy of Diana Reed-Slattery

Golden Phoenix bantams, pullet and hen
Photos courtesy of Aubrey Webb

A pair of Golden Phoenix
Photo courtesy of Frank Pytellek

Another Phoenix cock, "Margarita" (named after the drink)
Photo courtesy of Erica Salzmann

Three Golden Phoenix cocks
Photo courtesy of William Bender, Jr.

A Golden Phoenix bantam pullet from Germany
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel

A two-month-old Golden Phoenix bantam cockerel
Photo © Jamie McCallum

Yukako's tail, er, tale

Yukako was a Golden Phoenix hen that I got as a pullet in 1984. She died in 1995. She could steal (that's jargon for hide) a nest with the best of 'em and raised plenty of broods of chicks, some planned by me and some from stolen nests. When she was young she was colored like a normal Golden Phoenix hen. They are similar to the Silver shown above but the hackle is more golden in color and the brown in the rest of the plumage is richer. Yukako, however, as she got to about 7 years old, began to turn white. Each molt she developed more white feathers as well as some that were laced in her normal brown color but white centrally. I've wondered, if she lived for 2 more years would she have become a white chicken?

"Yukako" at age 4, on a stolen nest

"Yukako" at age 10

In a similar story, this is Jamie's Silver Phoenix cock as a mature bird and two years later, when he had turned mostly white
Photos courtesy of Jamie Charvat


Black Phoenix

A Black Phoenix male
Photo courtesy of
Frances A. Bassom


White Phoenix

White Phoenix cockerels
Photos courtesy of Joshua Nicholson

White Phoenix roosters
Left photo courtesy of Earl & Mandy McLauchlin; right photo courtesy of Amanda Stewart

White Phoenix hens
Left photo courtesy of Mandy and Earl McLauchlin; right photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A young pair of bantam White Phoenix surrounded by adult males
Photos courtesy of Aubrey Webb


Black-breasted Red Phoenix

A Black-breasted Red Phoenix rooster
Photo courtesy of Earl & Mandy McLauchlin

BB Red Phoenix roosters
Photos courtesy of Brian Reeder

Rick Martin's flock of BB Red Phoenix
Photo courtesy of Rick Martin

This trio is from Turkey
Photo courtesy of Cemil Parlakay

A bantam BB Red cockerel from Germany
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel

Another BB Red Phoenix rooster
Photo courtesy of Michael Dougherty

Two-week-old BBR Phoenix chicks
Photo courtesy of Alaina DeVeiteo


Other Varieties

A Schubert-line Golden Black Phoenix cock from German stock
Photo courtesy of Brian Reeder

Blue Silver, Mahogany Red Ginger and Splash Red Phoenix males
Photos courtesy of Amanda Stewart

A pair of Blue Gold Duckwing Phoenix
Photo courtesy of Josh Hoffman

Blue Gold, Splash and Brown Red Phoenix females
Photos courtesy of Amanda Stewart

An extended E Phoenix rooster
Photo courtesy of Brian Reeder

Birchen and Blue Red cockerels and a Blue Red bantam hen
Photos courtesy of Amanda Stewart


The Phoenix as an Art Form

A Variegated Phoenix rooster
Photo courtesy of Rick Martin


Newly hatched and day-old Golden Phoenix bantam chicks
Photos © Jamie McCallum

Two-day-old and week-old Golden Phoenix bantam chicks
Photos © Jamie McCallum

A Silver Phoenix chick
Photo courtesy of Mary a_lady_dragon

Silver and Golden Phoenix chicks
Photo courtesy of Mary a_lady_dragon


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