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born in sin, come on in
born in sin, come on in
Check out the awesomely long tails on these roosters! These regal specimens are Onagadori or “Long-tailed” chickens. They’re a breed of chicken from the Kōchi Prefecture of Japan who evolved from common domestic chickens who mated with Green Junglefowl. Also known as the ‘most honorable fowl’ in Japan, they’ve been carefully bred over the centuries to achieve their spectacular tails, which grow to lengths of 12 to 27 feet. It takes these chickens at least three years to molt. Onagadori breeders take tremendous pride in their chickens and provide special hutches with perches well above the ground, which helps keep their tails clean and in good condition.
If Rapunzel had been a chicken, she probably would’ve looked a lot like one of these awesome birds. These extraordinarily fancy fowl have Special Natural Monument status in Japan, which means they’re considered to be living monuments of Japanese culture and, as a protected breed, it’s illegal to take their eggs out of the country.
Chickens! Decided to do a digging around myself and there’s a lot to the longtail breeds indeed!
More history on the Onagadori breed: http://www.onagadori.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=489
This breed has the longest feathers as they continually grow for 2-4 or more years (I’ve read some are non-molting for life, I personally question this atm) under the right conditions (separated from hens, kept out of molt inducing weather, fed a special diet that suppresses hormones that trigger molting, and higher in protein with no corn, and are primarily ‘indoor’ perching birds that are taken outside to be exercised or photographed.)
The Onagadori is not the only longtail breed! I haven’t included every one of them; visit the site(s) for other breeds. http://www.longtail-fowl.com/index.html and this site also has info and more pics on longtail breeds: https://sites.google.com/site/stewartlongtails/
Longtails are used as an ornamental breed in most cases, and do require special care to keep their feathers from looking tattered and dirty or getting broken that can result in bleeding, and to keep the roos healthy. Their feathers may be in the ‘blood feather’ stage for a few years in cases like the Phoenix as they continually grow. Photos provided are for reference; I do not own any of the photos nor birds! If there is misinformation in my post, please message me and I’ll correct it (provide sources and links if you do, ty!)
Video of a breeder and their care for a higher content bird:
Ohiki (so adorable):