Chickens and other poultry members come in all sizes, shapes, colors and personalities. Nearly 400 recognized breeds and varieties of poultry exist, including large-fowl and bantam chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and guinea fowl.
Using our illustration and a few selected hints, can you guess which breed we have depicted here? Find out the answer below!
- This mystery breed was first developed in Europe from Japanese breeds brought to the continent by French missionaries.¬†
- Murray McMurray Hatchery describes males as having ‚Äúimpressive long tails and saddle feathers,‚ÄĚ while ‚Äúfemales are good layers of light cream-colored eggs.‚ÄĚ
- This quiet and gentle breed was recognized by the American Poultry Association in 1981 as a standard breed in White and Red Shouldered varieties.¬†
- They are named after the second-largest city in Japan (by population) and not a popular brand of automobile tire!
Mystery Breed Answer
The breed depicted above is the long-tailed Red Shouldered Yokohama, which is primarily used for exhibition. The Yokohama is a regal, slim breed with a gamelike appearance. This small breed comes in standard and bantam sizes and has incredibly long tails that sweep the ground.
Standard cocks weigh 4 1/2 pounds; hens, 3 1/2. Bantam cocks weigh 26 ounces; hens, 22. Yokohamas are docile, friendly, unusually quiet and bear confinement well, but they do require special housing to accommodate their long tails. Hens are poor layers of small, tinted eggs.¬†
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This article originally appeared in the September/October 2022 issue of¬†Chickens¬†magazine.