Pros: not aggressive, beautiful

Cons: a bit flighty

I got my first Yokos just a few weeks ago.  It was a dream come true for me.  I've been getting to know them while they're in the quarantine pen, and so far, I'm in love.  Not only are they gorgeous, my roo is such a gentleman.  He selects the best morsels of the greens that I pick for them and offers them to his hen from his beak.  If he drops the greens on the floor, she takes care to only eat those bits.  Maki (my roo) is very vocal.  His crow sounds like a kazoo stuck in a trumpet.  Still, he's the only one of my 4 roos that actually say "cock-a-doodle-do!"  They can be a little flighty if you move too fast, but if you go slow and talk quietly, they seem to warm up a little bit.  These are amazingly beautiful chickens!  (I know it looks like he has a "squirrel tail" here but when he relaxes, his tail goes down. 




Pros: A real eye opener. Beautiful long tail that drags along the grass

Cons: Tail is horrible in the wet season. Have to keep dry. Exspensive in Australia. Sparse laying. Hard to source where I live.

I haven't had yokohamas for very long but I purchased a pair from Brisbane from quality lines to make sure I started off the bat with good birds. Freight ontop to be sent to the Northern Territory and it was close to $500 just for the pair. Definatly no one local to source new blood from later on which will make it pricey to keep them out of inbreeding unless someone else takes an interest into the breed and is willing to pay for birds to be freighted or eggs to be posted. There is a demand however, as many people see the beautiful red shouldered rooster gracefully walking around the lawn but I am quite reluctant to sell anything just yet. They do seem to hold some sort of great price which will come in handy later on to pay for themselves.


Laying is very slow. Only got two eggs from them however both were fertile and now are lovely chicks. They are handling the tropical heat where I live quite well despite what other sources have informed me, however I am very worried about our wet season for if they manage to get wet in a storm.


Rooster is quite vocal, very loud for his size and hen is very shy. Seem to enjoy perching high up a lot as well.


A beautiful hard feather none-to-less. People come and see all of the old english game, seabrights and wyandottes and think they are amazing until they see the yokohama. The WOW factor is definatly a thing to feel proud about keeping the breed and I don't regret biting the bullet and paying for the pair. Look forward to keeping this breed and futher improving the breed in Australia.


I know very little about the breed, but hope to add them to our flock sometime in the near future


Pros: Sweet girls, stunning to look at

Cons: My roo is a bully

  I only have a pair so my experience is limited and this is my first run with this breed.  YMMV.  Ours are name Noodle and Dumpling.  We are ready to make Dumpling soup!  The girl, noodle, is great though.  When I peek out the window my little girl is always holding her on her back.  You can even do it one handed with an outstretched arm.  She just LOVES being carried around on her back cradled like a baby.  I have never seen anything like it.  I know you can put them in a trance but this girl isn't doing that, she just loves being cradled.  My boy though, ugh.  He is up there with my leghorn roo, unhelpful and mean.  One track randy mind.  At least he doesn't pluck my other birds for feather snacks like my Leghorn.  He gets me going because when I am doing chores he likes to bounce off of the back of my calves with his feet and has decent claws.  Will be getting rid of him before the real dangerous bits form and shorts season comes back.  For me this is another great girl bad boy breed.  If all the boys could just be like my Spangled Hamburg...  In my dreams. 


Pros: Nice tail, flighty

Cons: tail can get to long

I think it has potential


Pros: Beautiful, Good Foragers, Easy to breed

Cons: Fairly Flighty

In my experience Yokohama are wonderful birds. They are fairly calm and easy to handle when they need to be, but can be spazzy at times. They are beautiful and readily produce the long, flowing tails that are characteristic of the breed.


They are reliable layers, but lay eggs that are on the smaller side and are more traditional and natural shaped. They breed readily and readily set on their eggs.


They are nice to have around the farm, but rain easily soils their feathers. They do quite well in colder weather and their small combs make for less of a chance of frost bite.


I love this breed and would recommend them to anyone who wants to add a bit of variety to their flock.


Pros: Very beautiful ornamental

Beautiful birds not very hardy, I personally think they should be kept as a breed and not mixed in with other breeds. My experience is that they weren't very hardy.


This breed originated in Germany and came from a Japanese long-tailed breed, the Onagadori. Originally, the long-tailed breeds came from China but Japan was successful in breeding for the long tail. The Yokohama's name came from the location where the original Onagadori were imported from, Yokohama, Japan. The Yokohama looks similar to another long-tailed breed, the Phoenix. It is a yellow skinned breed. The Yokohama can be found in a Bantam size as well as a standard size, however, it does not get very big, 4 - 5 pounds for a standard Yokohama.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentBears confinement well,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesWhite and Red-Saddled or Red-Shouldered Pictures courtesy of Chickndaddy and chickencharmer.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Walnut
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Low
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: Light Brown

Breed Temperament:

Bears confinement well,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

White and Red-Saddled or Red-Shouldered Pictures courtesy of Chickndaddy and chickencharmer.

Breed Details:

They are an ornamental bird that is a poor layer of small cream or tinted eggs. The Yokohama is reported to lay an average of 80 eggs per year. They are very slow to mature and require special roosting accomodations for the tail of the roosters. They are a beautiful bird with little use aside from their appearance and personality. They are not hardy in the winter, not great layers, not known for broodiness and require extra accomodating in order to protect their beautiful long tail. Roosters can be very aggressive with other males and the females can be very protective mothers. Some females seldom are broody while others are very broody. If you are looking for a beautiful bird that lays well and is hardy, the Yokohama is not for you but they have a special place among the ornamental breeds. **Pictures Pending**