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Positive Reviews


new babies yesterday


Pros: am told they love humans

Cons: hens and cocks will even fight each other

new to them so don't know much so far except the babies are nibbling on those who have white in their beaks, going so far as to pull off their egg teeth and cause bleeding on the notril area. had to isolate and wash off the blood. not sure if this is normal. my purchase was for 5 SR blacks and 3 black pullets , photo is of them.

Negative Reviews


Highly aggressive!

My grandfather and uncle have both had these but I never would - the cockerels and hens with eggs or chicks can be very aggressive and because of their size can do real damage if they want to - my uncle would bring a dustbin lid or a broom handle whenever he went to collect eggs, always wore boots after one pecked a puncture wound into his leg and no longer keeps any since having a child last year. My grandfather's one scared me so much as a child I wouldn't walk past his cage on my own and he used to feed and water it by hooking the containers with a broom! Even then it would sometimes attack the broom handle! EDIT:For some reason I couldn't comment or reply but I wanted to add, these...
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If you have a place to house them separate from other poultry, and are willing to spend time working with them, they are great animals to have


Pros: Very beautiful, great show birds if worked with, appearance is dinosaur-like

Cons: Very aggressive and often need to be worked with, they need special housing and feed, and they have fragile bodies

There are 3 types of Shamo:  O-Shamo (largest), Chu-Shamo (medium), and Ko-Shamo (smallest).  I have O-Shamo hens and an O-Shamo rooster.  They are a lot of work because of their special housing needs, and because they are aggressive.  I had one very aggressive hen that would attack me and other hens as soon as I stepped into the coup - I fixed that within a few months by picking her up every time she attacked, and holding her beak and body while I cleaned/fed the other chickens.  I even had to put her in a separate enclosure at one point because she didn't get along with another hen.  Roosters are often very aggressive and can be worked with the same way,...
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Pros: Super sweet with people, hardy and can take care of herself

Cons: Aggressive with other birds

I received a free Shamo from another BYCer who got her from a neighbor and could not keep her due to her aggressiveness with his egg layers. "Sophie" as she has been named is very good with people, not aggressive at all with anyone in our household. She LOVES to be petted and held and is a daily egglayer for my husband and I. She can take care of herself and have not had to worry about hawks or anything like that because of her size and aggressiveness towards other birds.   In fact, that would also be the only downside. Shamos tend to be bird aggressive and will do well with those who are used to keeping game varieties and know you can't just toss everyone in a pen together.



Pros: look after themself well

Cons: just to aggresive

these guys are total mutts and should not be kept with any other poultry exept other game breeds. . cheers  
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