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Current availabilityis an approximate guess as we have to count our chicks before they hatch! We hatch & ship chicks every week based in the order received & will ship your chicks as soon as we can.
Shipping Cost:We charge a flat $45 to ship your box of chicks, whether you order 3 chicks or 25 chicks.
Minimum Order:We can ship as few as 3 baby chicks! We ship anywhere in the US excluding Alaska & Hawaii. Live Arrival Guarantee on all orders.
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Behold, one of the rarest chicken breeds on earth! The Japanese Onagadori, prized for the rooster's amazing tail lengths, is the only chicken breed on the planet that can exhibit non-molting tail and saddle feathers. In fact, only a handful of chicken breeders in Japan own these incredibly rare chickens and most people in Japan have never seen them. There are roughly only a little over 200 adult Onagadori in existence in Japan which makes them incredibly rare and on the verge of extinction.
The Onagadori, In Japan meaning "honorable fowl" as well as "long tail fowl", has been protected by the Japanese government for many years and is considered a living monument of the Japanese culture. The Japanese believe Onagadori were first created by crossing a long-tailed chicken breed called Shokoku with Green Junglefowl in the middle of the Edo Period (1600 - 1868). Green Jungle fowl exhibit an ability to not molt for longer periods of time than normal fowl which is why the Japanese believe this is where Onagadori got their non-molting genetics from. Some Onagadori roosters in Japan acquire tails of more than 30 or 40ft. Sound insane? We know what you're thinking but their tails truly can get those lengths and there is plenty of photos and videos of Onagadori shows in japan to prove their existence.
Despite Onagadori being so rare and almost unheard of in the US, Feather Lover Farms was able to acquire Onagadori type fowl and have been testing our roosters tail growth for a couple years now. Our Black Breasted Red rooster displayed above is showing off a tail of almost 7ft long at the base of his tail to the farthest tail feather. Though, not anything close to the quality and tail lengths as some of the Onagadori in Japan, our rooster pictured is still in blood feather and tail is still growing strong. We also have other Onagadori type roosters tails growing out right now and will be posting their photos once their tails grow to greater lengths.
It's important to know that even in Japan, very few Onagadori raised up to adulthood will grow tails of extreme lengths, even from the best bloodlines. In Japan, they say that out of 100 Onagadori roosters raised up, about only 2 roosters are expected to grow tails to 30ft or more. In fact, some Onagadori males in Japan can grow tails as little as 4 or 5 ft at max. That is important to know and understand that there is no guarantee that Onagadori roosters will all grow very long tails. Raising many birds up to adulthood is the best way to improve their tail quality and test which ones will be your future breeding stock.
Many of you may know of the well known long-tailed phoenix chickens here in America. Phoenix chickens are a beautiful breed and look very similar to Onagadori except for their tail lengths. Phoenix roosters commonly grow tails out to only 2 or 3 ft and usually 4ft max. Phoenix chickens also do not have the non-molting genetics that Onagadori do and molt their tail feathers every year. Both the Onagadori and Phoenix chicken do possess the fast growth gene and can grow up to about a 2-4ft tail a year. That is why Phoenix usually can only obtain a 2-4ft tail as it will always molt each year and Onagadori can grow to possibly 30ft or more. Onagadori rooster tails in Japan can grow at a rate of up to 3 or 4 ft a year, meaning that an Onagadori rooster that has grown out a 30ft tail is very old. Though, most Onagadori are not destined to grow tails anywhere close to that length.
Onagadori don't get to those extreme lengths by the rooster free ranging and running around with his hens all day. The Japanese Onagadori breeders use what is called a Tomebako to grow their roosters tails out to unbelievable lengths. A Tomebako is a tall wooden box that the rooster perches inside with food and water and is let out daily for exercise. We do not use the Tomebako method as we want all of our chickens to be as free as possible so when we grow our Onagadori roosters tails out, we use a designated pen that has tall perches for him to fly up and roost on. The pen is also very thick with dry shavings to help protect their precious tails. A trick that the Japanese use to grow the roosters tails the longest is preventing the rooster from breeding with hens. If the rooster can breed with hens, this can raise his hormone levels and induce molt which will stop the feather growth. Tall roosting perches and keeping the rooster away from hens is what you want to focus on to maximize the Onagadori tail potential.
At Feather Lover Farms, though we have some amazing Proto-Onagadori with incredible tail lengths on some of our males, we can not guarantee every Proto-Onagadori you order from us will also grow tails to these great lengths. Not all Onagdori roosters display non-molting tails. Like we stated earlier, even in Japan only 2 of 100 roosters are expected to yield such tails. Some roosters can grow very short tails depending on how well taken care of it is and what that roosters tail was destined to grow. We do know however that if you want to produce an Proto-Onagadori rooster with his best tail potential, take good care of him, use our tail growth tips and raise him properly for his maximum tail potential. You may just end up with Proto-Onagadori roosters that grow longer tail than ours!
Quick Note - All Onagadori molt their juvenile feathers! Even the best Onagadori in Japan with over 30ft tails all molt their first juvenile feathers their first year or 2 of life. Some will molt their juvenile feathers at 1 year of age and some will go as much as 2 and a half years before molting their tail feathers into adult feathers. The birds that did not molt for almost 2 years or more are usually the best Onagadori that will exhibit the better non-molting tail lengths. It is then when they molt and aquire their adult plumage are the feathers they may continue to grow if they are destined to be a non-molter and raised for tail length. Remember, not all Onagadori will be non-molters so growing a roosters tail out is called the "Testing Period." Testing a rooster for non-molting is necessary to help improve the breed. It is also worth noting that the best Onagadori isn't always the rooster that grows the fastest tail feathers. An Onagadori rooster that grows the slower tail is many times the better rooster compared to it's full brother with a faster growing tail. Do not judge the roosters based on the speed of the tail growth in the juvenile feather stage, but by how long the rooster can go without molting his juvenile tail feathers into adult tail feathering. If it's molting season during the fall or winter and your Onagaodri rooster has not molted, that usually is a promising sign for his potential future in tail length.
Since our "Proto-Onagdori" do not have rooster tails as long as the amazing lengths as some do in Japan, we will not label our birds we are offering as pure Onagadori. We do not know how pure blooded they truly are to the ones in Japan but we do know that Onagdori were imported into the US a couple times. Once in the World Trade Center as a gift from Japan and once by National Geographic in the Decmber 1970 issue by a study done with DR Ogasawara at UC Davis in California. Those Onagdori were then distributed to some breeders and then seemed to have disappeared. We believe that our birds come from either of these imported lines as our Proto-Onagadori do possess the non-molting genetics in many of our roosters we have raised up and have proven to be non-molters just like Onagadori in Japan. However, not all of our birds grow up to be non-molters so please understand this before ordering. It is very rare to get a rooster with almost a 7ft tail like one of our our black breasted red roosters have grown. Some of our Proto-Onagadori roosters still molt every year and some will be non-molters.
We have 4 colors we are working with in our Onagadori breeding program and they come in White, Black Breasted Red (BB-RED), Golden Duckwing and Silver Duckwing. Chicks are sold unsexed and will come in a variety of the 4 colors as we can not guarantee a specific color you will receive. We will try to give you the most assortment of colors possible at the time of shipment but simply can't guarantee what colors or the amount of colors you'll receive in your chick order. Chicks will come unsexed.
Our goal is to eventually produce Onagadori here in the US that are just as high in quality and amazing tail lengths as the ones in Japan. Though we are far from that goal, It will take allot of breeding, growing many birds out to adult age, and selecting only the best ones to use breeders. We have hand selected only the best birds to use in our Proto-Onagadori breeding program and we will need your help to not only improve the Onagadori quality in the US, but help prevent Onagadori from going into extinction.
Quick Chick FAQs:
Straight Run Chicks:Straight Run Chicks are un-sexed, randomly selected and each chick has a 50/50 chance of being a male or female. Example: Flip a coin. Heads is a male chick and tails is a female chick. You will notice it is easier to flip the coin on the same side 3 times in a row than 6 times in a row. Ordering more than 3 chicks gives you a much better chance of an even ratio of male and female chicks.
What I Need:Everything you need can usually be purchased at your local feed store. Chick starter feed, waterer, brooder (cardboard box, plastic storage bin, bathtub, or even a kiddie pool are popular), pine shavings, thermometer and a heat lamp or heat source. Baby chicks require heat of about 95 degrees their first week of life. Second week you can lower the temperature to 90 degrees and so on with every week going down 5 degrees until 6-8 weeks old or when they are ready to go "outside".
How Do My Chicks Survive Shipment?:Baby chicks do not need food or water for the first 72 hours of life. Ingesting their yolk sac gives them the nutrition they need to survive the journey from Feather Lover Farm's hatching facility to you! Shipping day-old chicks helps ensure a safe arrival since they will usually be just 2 days old when you receive them. Our packaging is professional with a brand new chick shipping box, nesting material and warm long lasting heat packs depending on the time of the year. Your chicks will look like they just hatched out of a nest when you open the box and jump into your arms, thinking you are their mother hen!
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