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, 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

These birds are very nice birds. They are great foragers and excellent mothers. Out of other breeds my Phoenix usually have higher hatch rates.


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.


Pros: Go broody a bit, ok egg layers, really nice

Cons: TINY

My phoenix hen, Fawkes, is broody. They are so small and don't start laying for awhile, they lay white eggs. They are flighty when chicks, but the are really nice when older. They are also very pretty.


Pros: Friendly/Gentle With Hens

I have 1 Silver Duckwing Phoenix Rooster He is Friendly and Can't Wait Until His Tail Grows Right Now He Has a Short Tail Cause When I Got Him He Was in a Small Cage When I Grab Him He Will Just Sit on My Lap and Let Me Pet Him I Love This Breed


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.