The Phoenix Chicken is an ancient Japanese breed of chicken tracing its heritage back over a thousand years! Phonexies are a high-maintenance breed, requiring special care in order to keep their tail feathers in good shape.
Characteristics: A combination of black and silver. Cocks have long tail feathers, which at one point could reach a length of 15-20 feet however they now only reach an average of 5 feet. Requires special housing or cages and high perches to accommodate long tails; generally docile
- Standard Weights: Cock-5-1/2 pounds; hen-4 pounds; cockerel-4-1/2 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: Japan
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.