Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    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
    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.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: Heat, Moderate Cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. gholmomma
    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.

  2. WillGriffin03
    "Great Birds"
    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!
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  3. phoenix-silkie
    "amazing chicken"
    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
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  1. crity
    Little confused are they good or poor layers?
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    1. flowerfaeiry
      Mine are great layers, avg 5 eggs a week although the eggs are medium size
      flowerfaeiry, Sep 25, 2017
  2. angelikimarie
    This one made me laugh out loud!! LOL Thousands!!
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  4. granny hatchet
    I had one this spring. beautiful little baby. unfortunately i didnt get a chance to see its adult plumage.
  5. Turk Raphael
    Very handsome birds. Good luck 'making' them breed! lo
  6. RezChamp
    This one of the few birds that I haven't owned. They're beautiful and I hope to get at least a trio one day.
    Wow porcelain. Cool.
  7. Ameer894
    Wow thank you :)
  8. Phoenixxx
    Where are you at? I have an abundance of white phoenixes except I don't think they're recognized down south yet. I'm not sure if they're full-size or bantam - I don't own a scale and I can't visually judge weight, not even in people. They are from a reputable breeder, though - the guy that bought them traded me for some of my meat birds. They're about the size of a pidgeon, if that, and they're all young and not laying quite yet.
  9. chooks4life
    Free ranging and natural oils in the diet keep feathers clean. If they're confined to cages and given pellets or mash the oils aren't easily assimilable and the feather quality suffers terribly. I'm prefer longer tails on my roosters and that's how I keep them mudproof. ;)
  10. pidgey104
    true to the broodyness LOL
    I had someone tell me My pheonixs never go broody
    I told everyone of mine are broody LOL

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