Pros: beautiful birds, good mothers, feathers will protect there flock and will put there self in danger for the flock. mothers protect chicks.

Cons: small chicken, can be not as friendly

I am getting a golden phoenix rooster and will be breeding it to all my other chickens just to see what they look like :)  yes i'm experimenting 


partridge silkie 

buff Brahma

gold laced Brahma

buff Orpington

I will post photos next year because my rooster is a chick.

this is his father


Pros: A variety of pretty colours, good show birds, beautiful tail

Cons: Tail is hard to keep in control(once the tail of my Phoenix cock got stuck on a splinter sticking out of the fence), can be a little flighty

I am relatively new to BYC and I just bought a cock of this breed. Then I decided to buy a hen, and well make them breed. One of the chicks, they had Porcelain colour which I have never seen before. I love this colour so I decided to name the chick Diamond. I named my hen Sapphire and my cock Pepper. I like this breed so far.:thumbsup


Pros: Very pretty birds to have around.

Cons: tails need upkeep

Right now I have a white Phoenix rooster and two golden phoenix hens. I am going to be getting a golden Phoenix rooster very soon to add to my little flock. I enjoy these birds very much. I have found that they do better on a slightly different feeding system than my other birds. I not only feed mine flock raiser with 20% protein, but I add cod liver oil and Flock Fuel to their feed. Oh, and I also ferment their feed. So far this method is working great. I plan on when my roosters tail grows back out from molting, tying it up with some silk ribbon like they do for the Onangadori.(sp?) Oh, I also use sand in my run to keep dirt off the feathers. Over all, I am in love with this breed and plan on breeding more of them.


Pros: sweet chirp, non aggressive, beautiful feathers, good forager, aware of predators, good survival skiils

Cons: not especially cold hardy, can sometimes be hard to pick up

We have a beautiful phoenix pullet with the sweetest little voice in our small mixed flock which includes three polish, a cochin, and a cornish.  She is the first of any of the flock to notice predators. Twice she has alerted us to hawks when the rest of the flock was oblivious.  She is very friendly, doesn't peck other birds, and doesn't get pecked by others,  She seems fairly high up in the pecking order although she is small.  She has very good survival instincts, good fight, good forager, would be a good bird for those who want backyard free range birds.  She likes to stay with the flock, likes to come to people, is quite friendly, but she is nervous about being picked up and might be hard to pick up if she wasn't handled often. My only concern is that she is less cold hardy the the rest of the birds in our flock. The hens have moderate sized combs that can be susceptible to frost bite. These birds originate from climates that are more mild than New England.  All in all this breed seems to have retained a lot of their natural survival instincts, are wary of predators, can fly well, but are not aggressive and absolutely beautiful birds with beautiful little voices.


Pros: beautiful

Cons: skiddish

Ours are only juveniles.  But they're SO frightened.  They'll just nearly kill themselves running away from us when changing the water in the brooder.  And other breeds are right next to them in other brood's really just These Guys that are so freaked out. 


We are going to be asking how to take care of the feathers, but for now...they're alive!  5 of 5 from Cackle are still flittering around.




Pros: Beautiful, wary of predators

Cons: Shy, go off and lay in bushes

I've had Phoenix for a little while now and I adore them!  I'm breeding them currently and just got my first hatching!  These guys are reviewed as angry and bad layers, mine?  They're great layers and very shy but friendly.  As I said in the cons section one of my hens goes and lays in bushes!  It's very frustrating going and finding them and normally takes me all day just to find one nest but this is the only month that this has been happening.  In Australia (where I am) they're very very rare and I've seen a handful of ads in a year and was lucky that one was in my area.  These guys are also very hardy birds and haven't fallen ill for me once! I recommend getting one without a doubt!


Pros: Beautiful birds, Does well in shows

Cons: Expensive and Rare, Tail can be hard to maintain

This longtailed breed of chicken came from the Europe from the Japanese Onagodori who at the time was weak and newly imported. They are know for their double feathering on saddle, sickle, and tail feathers and the gene that they have that doesn't allow the tail to molt by itself. In show they are beautiful birds and catch the eyes of the judge but keeping care of the tail can be difficult. These birds can be expensive depending on if it's good or not. These are not beginner birds.


Pros: Beautiful, intelligent, sociable

Extremely beautiful in the summer (not so much in the winter during rainy/muddy days but sort of humorous). I currently have a rooster of this breed and I completely adore him. Even as a chick he seemed much brighter and more active than the other birds. He's very social and was trained to sit on my arm but was very energetic and wouldn't last long before he jumped back down. He's never been aggressive towards people and of all the breeds and chickens I've had, I've never seen anyone as bright or intelligent as him. He's so intelligent that sometimes it becomes infuriating because he is a master escape artist and impossible to keep in the chicken yard. Very amusing and wonderful to have as a pet, just need to be smarter than him. Must also be careful around him because I've made the mistake of stepping on his tail a few times.


Pros: Gorgeous long feathers, very protective of his ladies

Cons: Aggressive, hard to approach

The first rooster I ever owned was a Phoenix, and he was a great rooster! Very pretty coloring, a wonderful protector of my other chickens. His personality was friendly at times, and aggressive at other times. Roosters usually are somewhat aggressive, so this isn't an unusual thing. If I were to get another rooster, I would defiantly get a Phoenix. A perfect bird to protect your flock, and look great while doing so. 


Pros: good mothers sweet and intelligent

Cons: Tails are very hard to keep clean

Phoenix chickens are very annoying the males mostly because their tails are so long that it is very difficult to keep it clean for show  and the hens just wonder off on their own and go broody and raise little families without warning. But they are good layers not the best but they lay a good amount and I mentioned that the hens go off and raise families, they are very broody birds its terrible if you don't want thousands of chickens in just a few weeks. But they are good show birds or pets so find some and give them a try they just might turn out to be your soul chicken. :)


Phoenix were created in Europe by combining strains of the Japanese Onagadori with more commonly available birds, leghorns, dutch, and various games were most commonly used. There are three recognized colors by the APA: Silver, Golden, and Black-Breasted Red, although several breeders have developed many additional colors. A Phoenix is a long-tailed bird that will molt every 1-2 years. Their tails typically reach 2-3 feet in length, with longer lengths possible only from a few select breeders. They should have a full curtain of saddle feathers and it is desirable that they touch or reach the ground. They are not to be confused with their distant ancestors, the Onagadori, who are non-molting longtail birds who have tails exceeding 12 feet in length. There are no Onagadori currently in the US, although there are some birds of partial heritage. The Phoenix should have a pheasant-like appearance, white earlobes, a single comb, and slate colored legs. The tail should be carried horizontally in roosters and slightly higher in hens. Phoenix hens are good layers of small to medium sized eggs, and go broody frequently. They are an active bird with excellent flight skills, and can make a great free range bird if given proper shelter and escape routes from predators. Keeping a Phoenix in a small coop is not recommended for best tail growth, as the tail will be stepped upon by coop-mates and ruined by frequent contact with feces and dirt. Large coops with runs that are cleaned regularly are great options for these birds. Covered, or elevated waterers, and a fully sheltered pen are a must if tail length is important to you, as are deep bedding in the pens. Otherwise, their care is no different than that of any other chicken breed.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Friendly,Wild / restless,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Quiet,Shy,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesSilver,Silver Duckwing,Golden,Golden Duckwing,Black,White,Black-Breasted Red,Golden Black Blue Gold Duckwing,Variegated, others.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassSingle Comb Clean Leg
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: Heat, Moderate Cold

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Moderate
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Flighty, but will respond to handling. Typically non-aggressive.

Breed Colors / Varieties:

APA accepted: Silver, Gold, Black-Breasted Red. Other colors available from select breeders.

Breed Details:

There is a wide variety of temperment within Phoenix birds, but the majority are flighty with good survival instincts. They do respond to frequent handling, however, to become quite tame.  They are available as large standard-sized fowl and bantam size. 


Adult Phoenix Photos Courtesy of Napalongtails. All other Photos Courtesy of Feathersite and Jamie L. McCallum Egg Photo Courtesy of Feathersite and Rupert Stephenson. Egg is not an Phoenix egg, just a example of the color.