Pros: Very pretty birds to have around.
Cons: tails need upkeep
Pros: Very pretty birds to have around.
Cons: tails need upkeep
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: 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.
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. :)
Pros: good mothers
Cons: tails are hard to keep for show
They are good barnyard chickens. Like to fly up into rafters to roost. Will sneak off and raise babies all on their own.
Pros: Broody, good mothers, protective, likes to be petted when held, pretty
Cons: Roos are somewhat aggressive, flighty, small egg
Pros: Friendly, alert, good at flying, eat very little
Cons: none so far
Our Phoenix pullet was one of ten survivors from a disastrous box of fifty from Murray McMurray hatchery (I wouldn't recommend that company to anyone). She was the only bantam survivor, and one of two that were not Rhode Island Reds. She is very friendly and doesn't mind being held at all, and she is fairly fearless; she will approach me and stand on me if I sit down in the coop. She is only three or four months old, but she is already a real character.
|Breed Temperament||Aggressive,Friendly,Wild / restless,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Noisy,Quiet,Shy,Docile|
|Breed Colors/Varieties||Silver,Silver Duckwing,Golden,Golden Duckwing,Black,White,Black-Breasted Red,Golden Black Blue Gold Duckwing,Variegated, others.|
|Breed Size||Large Fowl|
|APA/ABA Class||Single Comb Clean Leg|
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.