KO SHAMO. The magnificent, intelligent, friendly true bantams' thread.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lualshannon, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. lualshannon

    lualshannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On a sunny afternoon in May, 2013, I drove to my mentor, Walt Leonard's house to pick up bantam eggs which he has collected for me to give to my 5 yr. old hen, Henny, who was very determined to brood eggs. In the past, I was able to change her mind about brooding; but, this time she was quite adamant about having her own chicks.

    "I hope some of these eggs hatch for you. When they hatch, all will be tiny, look fragile but, don't worry; they will be surprisingly strong and vigorous" Walt said with his usual calm voice. I opened the lid of the egg carton and saw 10 beautiful tiny, little eggs. These were from top of the line, award winning birds, and one was a very special Ko Shamo egg which I wanted very much. I was quite taken by Ko Shamo breed, was looking forward to having a pair. Also, they would be the muses for some of my future paintings, and art work. I was beyond happy and very grateful.

    Twenty days later, Rosebud, the tiny Ko Shamo hatched along with her clutch mates of: 1 Leghorn, 1 Nankin, and 4 Modern Game Bantams. Yes! all were surprisingly tiny. Well, actually, I shouldn't have been surprised because they had to fit into those tiny little eggs.. I was only familiar with Orpington chicks; needless to say: they were much, much smaller; looked very fragile which I was scared to handle them. I mean, they were the size of a cotton ball with needle thin, almost transparent pink legs and feet, and huge eyes. I sat by the nest box many long hours to get glimpse of the babies when they poked through their mother's feathers. Oh, yes! Henny was very happy, protective of her precious minute chicks, and raised them until they were almost 8 wks. old. They added endless joy into my life..

    I was familiar with adult Ko Shamo appearance; but, not how they looked and behaved like until they reached adulthood. I was very disappointed not to be able to find photographs, detailed information on the internet. There are several good sites about the formal history, and color variations of Ko Shamo, but all are about mature adults. I wanted to see what they looked like, and behaved during different stages of their development, as well as get information about other techniques of caring for these very special tiny little birds who are deemed to be the National Treasure of Japan.

    I have bred, and raised parrots for over 24 yrs. and found Ko Shamo to be as much, and in some cases to be more responsive and intelligent than the parrot species I have had.

    I would like to dedicate this thread to all things Ko Shamo! To share photographs, stories, information about housing, breeding, and most of all, how to care and preserve these Magnificent, Intelligent birds Ko Shamo, with the fellow admirers, keepers and breeders.

    Please do join me to share your stories, photographs, and all things Ko Shamo.

    Lual Shannon


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    Rosebud - 8wk. old, and her best friend Lilly- 8wk. old Leghorn Bantam. They were clutch mates who were definitely an interesting couple. They developed liking to perching on the fruit basket when ever given the chance. They love bananas but their beaks are not strong enough to go through the peel yet.


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    Rosebud with her clutch mates: elegant, friendly Modern Game Bantams & Nankin.

    All the birds pictured above are Walt Leonard-fowlman01, birds.
     
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  2. lualshannon

    lualshannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    New additions to the family. They are 4 mos. old, and two different shades of Wheaton color. Both are very friendly, and adjusted to their new home in good time.


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  3. lualshannon

    lualshannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Ko Shamos were full of surprises this week. Two hens who are only 5 1/2 mos. old started to lay eggs this week, which was a delightful shock... They are still chicks... The eggs are quite large compared to their tiny body size, and needless to say; they are the most beautiful eggs......

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  4. lualshannon

    lualshannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today, I would like to share some Ko Shamo hatching photos. They are born quite tiny, and their body is the size of a cotton balls with pink legs, and huge dark eyes. When Rosebud was born, I was scared to touch her with the fear of hurting her. Well, I am used to NH, RIR, and Orpington chicks who are quite good size when hatched.

    Ko Shamo chicks have very deep yellow, shiny, satin like down, and even at that age, their beaks are much shorter than the other my other breeds. Shortly after their down dries, they are surprisingly active, and beyond belief adorable and cute..

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  5. lualshannon

    lualshannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today, I would like to share some Ko Shamo hatching photos. They are born quite tiny, and their body is the size of a cotton balls with pink legs, and huge dark eyes. When Rosebud was born, I was scared to touch her with the fear of hurting her. Well, I am used to NH, RIR, and Orpington chicks who are quite good size when hatched.

    Ko Shamo chicks have very deep yellow, shiny, satin like down, and even at that age, their beaks are much shorter than the other my other breeds. Shortly after their down dries, they are surprisingly active, and beyond belief adorable and cute..

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  6. lualshannon

    lualshannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ko Shamos are tiny birds with big courage. They have no idea how little they are..



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  7. lualshannon

    lualshannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ko Shamos are tiny birds with big courage. They have no idea how little they are..



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  8. poularde

    poularde Hatching mode

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    Thank you for sharing. Wonderful pics. Lovely little birds. I will have to get some once I have a bantam area set up. Please keep us updated.[​IMG]
     
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  9. lualshannon

    lualshannon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been having problems finding the nest boxes which my birds would like; be able to fit in comfortably; feel secure, and for it to be portable because my hens have their own ideas of which part of the coop they will lay their eggs, and it is usually the opposite side of what I thought would be best.
    There were times which I have decided to keep the nest boxes where they are; believed that at one point will have no other choice but to lay their eggs in the location I chose. Well, needless to say; I lost the battle..and started to search for portable nest boxes so I can move them to the hens' place of choice for the season. It is much easier to listen to their wishes rather than spending hours at end each day egg hunting..or finding unplanned nest of chicks in the most unbelievably creative places...thus started my search of portable nest boxes.

    I was happy to find out that the feed store I shop at were selling single, double or triple section nest boxes; went there immediately and bought the triple one for LF. It was quite pricey, but, I didn't have to build one myself with my very busy schedule. When I brought it home, realized that the shop's LF size concept was much different than my Rubenesque Heritage LF. hens. Also, for some strange reason, my roosters have a habit of going into the nest boxes and sit with the hens who are laying eggs. I mean, there was no way a 10 lb. hen, and 14 lb. rooster could fit in there. They were sitting on top of each other, and quite a bit of pecking and complaining was going on in there; so, I had to do something...immediately!!

    I found couple of people who were willing to build the large size I needed for $225.00, and would give me price brake if I needed more than 2. Yes! I need 3 which would add up to more than $600.00, and I don't have that much spare money to spend. Home depot was having some sales, bought a full sheet of 5/8" plywood, several pine boards for trim & perch which came to less than $40.00, and on the morning of my day off, started to build my own 62" wide nest box for my adorable, lovely hens, and also my roosters who assist them laying the eggs : )

    I completed my project last night, and was so delighted to see that all the compartments were occupied this morning : ). they like what I built for them : ) day off well spent : )

    Now, I will be building boxes for my tiny, little Ko Shamos. To my shock, they started laying eggs at 4 1/2, and 5 1/2 mos. of age. Actually, several other game bird breeders were quite surprised as well. Ohh, their eggs are simply gorgeous with lovely shades of beige.

    Lual

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  10. BGMatt

    BGMatt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do the Ko Shamo males get along? Are they able to co-habitate? Or are they like the larger other types of Shamo and must be kept separate?
     

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