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A Satsumadori rooster
Photo © Marc King

Text courtesy of
Marc King

The only Satsumadori that I have seen live was of the white colour, and the rooster was stunning. (Illustrated here). Standing as tall as many Shamos, the shoulders were held apart and raised from the chest-line, with the legs free-standing at the thighs. The white had a remarkably rounded and massive head, with a large but short beak. Its spurs were enormous! The size of a man's small finger and about as long, the very look of them sent chills down the spine. The breeder friend in Germany who has the whites also had the black breasted silvers and reds, and the blacks, but he was most impressed witht he whites. Come to find out, his line of whites was the most recently used in the gamepit, the last fights ending many years ago. The other colours had been bred for the show pens much longer and had, in essence, lost some fo the fire and intelligence of the breed. My friend described a ceremony that he attended in Japan, a mock-fight (the spurs were wrapped and bound in cloth to prevent wounding) in southern Japan in which a day-long ceremony full of pagentry was taken in. He described that the whites were preferred in a time because the colour of the bright red blood on the bleach-white background was considered most beautiful.

This bird of his was from a line know for its high intelligence. The roosters eyes were bright and very large, and he seemed to listen quietly to us, studing us as we spoke about him. The Satsumadori were bred for their leaping / slashing style of fighting and for their ability to "read" their opponent. Please note the size of the spurs! They can be very aggressive, leaping up on its keeper in the manner of the gamepit fighting style for which he was bred for centuries. My friend raved about this breed, saying that if the roosters are gently and lovingly cared for, as many Japanese breeders do, they can become very tame as pets, following their owners like little dogs, but remaining agressive toward other chickens.

Satsumadori Links:

Marc King's Satsumadori page

A Satsumadori rooster from the back
Photo ©Julia Keeling

Black Satsumadori roosters
Photos courtesy of Rico Nabong

A Satsumadori cockerel with his tail spread
Photo ©Uichiro Sakamoto

Red and Grey Satsumadori hens
Photos courtesy of Rico Nabong

Red Satsu males
Photos courtesy of Rico Nabong

Two Satsumadori roosters
Photos ©Uichiro Sakamoto

A pair from South Korea
Photo courtesy of Lee Seong Woon

Here's a flock of Satsumadori
Photo ©Uichiro Sakamoto

Another Satsu hen
Photo courtesy of Rico Nabong

White Satsumadori
Photo courtesy of Hristo Hristov

A Satsumadori hen and chicks
Photo ©Uichiro Sakamoto



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