Our journey with the Minohiki started when a dear friend Conny Veenendaal in The Netherlands aquired this breed in Spring 2017, we were able to handle these birds upon a visit to stay with Conny around the same time. Once back home we began speaking to a few well known Long-tail breeders within the UK and found that the breed itself was spread quite thin across the country, after much research into the breed and it's history GPBP knew almost instantly that we wanted to add the Minohiki to our ever growing collection of Japanese breeds. Our first attempt of Minohiki came in the form of hatching eggs from Conny herself and unfortunately we only managed to hatch females. At this point we knew we would have to source a cock bird in order to complete our breeding pen for the Minohiki and so in the summer of 2017 we purchased a breeding pair already here in the UK, the cock bird sadly died and so we found ourselves back to square one. Now in the Autumn of 2017 and still no cock bird we made our final trip to The Netherlands to visit Conny and to bring some wonderful breeds and colours back into the UK it was on this trip that Conny kindly loaned us her wonderful Gold-Duckwing cock bird until we were able to breed males of our own, thus not only having people in the UK to work with in the preservation of this breed but now also working with Conny in Holland.
Now in 2018 and we are hopeful for what the future holds with the Minohiki. They are slowly becoming popular within the fancy and more people are breeding these wonderful birds. For the time being the Minohiki does come under the “Yokohama” bracket within the PCGB and although there has been quite a divide between the judges and the exhibitors as to whether this is indeed correct, we are finding that more and more Minohiki are being entered into the shows.
At this time we have managed to hatch a handful of offspring and we are finding that the colours within the parent birds do not breed true. We have produced silver, shojou and on one occasion a blue pyle offspring, the history of our breeding birds is unknown and so we cannot and do not know what colours lay within their genetic make-up and so at this time we are finding that the parent birds are not breeding true to colour.
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 gamey with Japanese elegance. It’s stance and style is the main focus rather than concern for colour.
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: unknown