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THE WHITE PHOENIX

 

I am also working with the whites here at Casa Rocca and will publish some images by the summer of 2001 here on these pages. I have listed the whites and blacks under a different category because they are very rare in the world of Phoenix breeders. The whites originated from different sources and are of completely different genotypes. Some were recessive whites out of silver duckwing or golden duckwing breeding, others are dominant white from Leghorn crosses. My line is of Erhardt Schubert lines and have the dominant white factor. These are not difficult to work with but, having white feathers, special care must be taken to keep their tails from soiling too much. I would advise keeping them in spacious stalls during wet weather. In their stalls a deep layer of chopped hay or woodshavings is an excellent way to keep the feathers in top condition. Also, as with all the longtail breeds, too many birds in a small space will always be detrimental to their dragging feathers as they are either picked out by bored hens, anxious other roosters or are trampled and broken.





This rooster above was in my care for a while when I lived in Switzerland. It was out of F2 and F3 crosses with white a white Kruper of unusually beautiful form. I was told by a well-known breeder that it would not have been worth much to continue working with this line, there there would be other birds of higher quality soon available. That was in the late 1980's. This bird was sold to someone in the East of Switzerland and nothing was ever heard of them again. The line, I found out years later when the Germans who had given it to me and Mr. Hansjoerg Haltiner, had died out with this disappearance.

This white Phoenix at right is from a now extinct line of whites that Josef Wolters, the famous German animal photographer, had for a while.



 
THE BLACK PHOENIX

The Black Phoenix, a breed I created out of crosses between: White Onagadori (recessive white with willow green legs, out of Silver Duckwing breeding), Silver Duckwing Onagadori, White Modern English Game, Sumatra (Swiss type - a bit thick-bodied), Black Hamburger (Bubentzer strain) Rosecomb Minorka (Swiss Strain) and a huge Yokohama of Dutch descent. Later the breed was crossed with Bantam Black Phoenix by my colleague Knut Roeder to improve type and leg colouring, but this also reduced the size incredibly.

 

I created the foundation of the line in the late 1980s, but Knut worked with it for a number of years while I was unable to care for them. He then gave them all over to a retired farmer in northern Germany who had no idea what to select for and what I got back after 6 years was a near-bantam with a few long sickle feather. The type had also gone back to the Minorka with giant earlobes and heavy bodies. I am now working with them again and, with the help of black Hamburghs (again Bubenzter strain), a very elegant bird of the Japanese Longtail breed Kurogashiwa and extremely feather-rich Phoenix from an East German strain from Eberhardt Schubert, the birds are starting to look like large black Phoenix again. The bird in the top illustration was my principle breeding cock in 2000.

 

The breed should meet the strict requirements of the Phoenix in that the form should be pheasant-like, the combs simple and finely pointed with at least four points (preferably five or six), the saddle feathers should be full and hang at least to the spores or better, all the way to the ground, the tail feathers should trail the ground at least by a few centimetres, better would be trailing by 15 - 20 cm. The legs will be dark to black and the eyes dark brown. Earlobes pure white and the combs between four and six-pointed.

 

I have now had the line back for five years and the two birds above are now typical for my line. I have outcrossed them, however, with the extremely feather-rich line of Phoenix from Schubert that I mentioned above to improve saddle and covert length, the results of which I will show here in late 2001, early in 2002. Stay tuned!

 

 


 

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