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The ONAGADORI 尾長鶏

Care Instructions

 

Onagadori Page One / Care Instructions / Festschrift - Translated / Aspects of Breeding

 



Besides the already mentioned need for individual stalls and tall roosts, cleanliness of the litter in the stalls and constant contact with their owners, one other instruction was given to me by Anton Huijkman: to pluck out the main and secondary sickles of the young roosters just as they come into sexual maturity. This should be done only once, unless the rooster has been used in the breeding pens and needs to be regroomed for the individual stalls again.

 

After doing this, I then photographed this bird, a white that was from Goshiki breeding, every two weeks of the summer and the before / after shots are remarkable. Please be patient as I have placed seven images here to best illustrate the growth of an excellent Onagadori specimen and to give you an idea of this grooming technique.


My new arrival from Holland: a smallish bird with perfect points of the comb and wattles and a few broken feathers.

Immediately after "surgery". All of the main sickles and couverts were plucked. This is a one-time operation performed to: prepare a rooster for a later show or, as in my case, to more easily see and judge the quality of the growth of feathers.

Regrowth was not immediate. This shot at the left was taken a few weeks after "surgery" and shows only a small puff of feathers beginning to emerge around the base of the tail flight feathers.

This next shot above right shows the growth of the feathers approximately two months after the one above. It was obvious that this bird (and his line) had the gene "gt" for rapid growth. The feathers were the typical slender and supple feathers and this rooster seems to have had (I'm not sure) also the two to three pairs of mutant feathers around the gland on the tail - I say this because I did not know about actually counting them back then (1988 - 89). Visually this rooster had a wealth of feathers.
From this point one, some four months later, the rooster's train of tail feathers grew at a very fast rate - approximately 1 meter a year. The saddle hackle was also of high quality in that it remained approximately 1/3 in length of the main sickles. This rooster was later passed on to Knut Roeder in 1989 and he used it in his first breeding programmes for Onagadori. After receiving high quality imports directly from Japan, he passed this rooster on to a Bantam Phoenix breeder who used it to greatly improve the failing feather length and fullness of the whites at that time.

This particular rooster was also very tame and I would often bring him into the kitchen of the Swiss farmhouse where we lived and wash and dry his tial with a hair-dryer. He sat, contentedly still, while we made a fuss over him.

 


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