Phoenix chicken

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Phoenix rooster and hen.jpg
A golden Phoenix hen and rooster, showing the classic long flowing plumage of the breed.
Conservation status Study
Country of origin Japan
Weight Male: 5.5 lbs.
  Female: 4.5 lbs.
Skin color Yellow
Egg color Cream or tinted
Comb type Single
APA All Other Standard Breeds/Single Comb Clean Legged Other Than Game Bantams
Exhibition breed, extremely hardy and highly prolific. If tail condition is not a concern the Phoenix breed makes a great free range bird.
Gallus gallus domesticus

The Phoenix chicken is an alert breed with a pheasant-like appearance. They are fair layers and do go broody. The chicks are hardy, but require extra protein when their tails are growing. The breed is well-suited to estates where it can roam at large, thriving best when given a good deal of freedom.

The Phoenix breed was accepted into the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1974 with the Gold and Silver varieties. Black Breasted Red was recognised in 2003.[1] It was first accepted in the Australian Poultry Standard in 2012, with any colour standardised in Old English Game accepted.[2]

The Phoenix is one of many breeds of chicken that resulted from European selective breeding of onagadori,[3] a long-tail fowl bred in Japan for a thousand years.

They molt every other year, unlike most chicken breeds that molt every year. The breed is famous for its wide, rigid sickle feathers two to five ft. long, with their saddle feather growing from 12 to 18 inches.

Mr. Hugo du Roi, the first president of the National German Poultry Association, created the Phoenix breed.[4]

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  2. ^ Australian Poultry Standards, 2nd Edition, 2012
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