BREED NAME: Minohiki
BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The Minohiki Chicken claim to fame is in his name, which is Japanese for: “SaddleDragger”. It’s believed that in the development of Long-tails, modified genetic codes increased feather numbers, especially in the tail, sickles and saddles.
That combined with slowed molting responses has given us these cherished long-tail genetics that have been passed on in numerous breeds.
This upright chicken, with a rich hackles flowing over the shoulders and deep breast from an arched neck, full arched tail and abundant sickles, appears gamy with Japanese elegance. It’s stance and style is the main focus rather than concern for color.
Minohiki, The Facts:
Size: Standard Male: 5 Ibs. / Standard Female: 4 Ibs.
Comb, Wattles & Earlobes: All red - face, walnut or cushion comb, minimal, even optional, lobes and wattles.
Color: Yellow legs, large bright red-brown eyes, Black-tailed Buff or “Shojou”, Red, Silver and Golden Duckwing, 5-coloured or “Goshiki”, White.
Place of Origin: Japan
Conservation Status: unclear
Special Qualities: Minohiki genetics show up in Dna testing of long-tail breeds who’s history has been lost through the millennia of their breeding; giving scientific proof its history and contributions. In this breed sickle feathers are most exaggerated with a more moderate tail than some long-tail breeds.
What would any long-tail breeds be today, if not for Chinese ground-work, Japanese artistry in husbandry and creative thoughts toward perfection? Answer: A Red Jungle Fowl, beautiful and adept at survival on its own, with genetic potentials beyond what most could imagine.