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The Red-Shouldered Yokohama

(rotgesattelte Jokohama)

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This first shot is a photograph by the well-known poultry photographer Josef Wolters and was published in the book he co-authored with Horst Schmidt. This unusually refined hen caused many of us in the Yokohama Specialty Association to drool on and on. She was a bit lacking in breast spangling, but shoulder and carriage were superb. This exceptionally formed, elegantly long and graceful bird was said to have died of "Legenot" (when a hen dies trying to lay her first egg) or to not have been fertile. I can't remember which. Sigh. This bird was 15 - 20 years ahead of her time in graceful lines and form improvements sought in the Yoko's back in the early 1980s.

This second shot of a hen is much more recent, having been published by Wolters Publishers in the late 1990's. It does not have the graceful elegance of the hen in the first shot, however, it does show a more correct colouring. The bird in the first shot is a little too light in pigmentation.

This bird was one of the best show birds in Germany in the late 1980, before Knut Roeder began to pool the three European lines to create his strain of feather-rich and tall-standing birds WITH long saddle feathers. Many birds, too many long tails in general, do not possess the long saddle feathers needed to complete the design of long "featheredness". This exquisite bird, for example has a rather short saddle feather and has the falling back line of the early Yokohamas. It is, however, a magnificent achievement in breeding.


After the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequently the Iron Curtain in entirety, the meeting of East and West took place also on the Ornamental Fowl level. Western Germans in our Yokohama Club have long appreciated the work of the East Germans with the Bantam Red Shouldered Yokohama and as soon as the wall came down, breeders were exchanging birds freely. This particular rooster illustrated below was at one of our club shows and represents, to me, one of the finest examples of pure East German breeding.

 


In the shot below I am holding one of the Yokohamas from Dutch breeding lines. We nicknamed him Tarzan because of his bellowing crow . This rooster was used in the foundational lines of Knut Roeder's famous Yokohamas seen in the illustrations on the first page of these pages dedicated to the Red-Shouldered Yokohama.

 

The Dutch lines show clearly the Malayan influence from out crosses made with Malayans in Holland probably in the middle of the last century. Noteworthy is the rich feathering, clear spangling and large size!


The next image below is of other Dutch-line Yokohama showing the three "arched lines" from head to shoulder, shoulder to back and back to tail that are typical traits of the Malayan breed.



This shot at left shows only the back of a Swiss bred Yokohama, showing the short-bodied and short-legged forms typical of the late 1980's in Switzerland and elsewhere. Since this line extinguished with the death of Mr. Jaisli, new birds from the German lines are predominate in the Swiss Yokohama scene. This bird has the typical posture of a Minohiki with upright chest and trailing wings. The Japanese feel that the Minohiki's inherit beauty is best maintained with this particular posture. It is a shame that this Swiss line is now extinct.

A few more shots of birds from the breeding programmes of Hansjoerg Haltiner in Switzerland. The cock below is of the large breed and was ringed early in the 1990's . This shot is from that period of time. The cock had an exceptional level of refinement: feathering, spangling, comb, stance and leg colour. The only thing lacking would be better saddle hackle.

A few more shots of birds from the breeding programmes of Hansjoerg Haltiner in Switzerland. The cock below is of the large breed and was ringed early in the 1990s . This shot is from that period of time. The cock had an exceptional level of refinement: feathering, spangling, comb, stance and leg colour. The only thing lacking would be better saddle hackle.

This is a second shot of the cock above with an exceptional hen. Hansjoerg stopped working with the large breed to dedicate more time with the rare Bantams Red-Shouldered Yokohamas and Bantam Phoenix.

 

I'm not sure what the provenance of the birds below is, but they seem to be of East German type, which were a little smaller than the West German type, and lighter in body.

 

 


 

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