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Yokohama

The Yokohama is a breed of domestic chicken that was developed in Japan, although the modern type was developed in Europe using the original founders of the breed. These include the Minohiki, which was the primary breed used to develop the Yokohama, and the Onagadori, which became more well known in Europe than the Minohiki.

The Yokohama varies in weight depending upon the type and sex, with standard size individuals ranging between four and five pounds and bantam types reaching smaller weights. This breed has yellow skin and a pea or walnut comb, but it is best known for its unique plumage and long tail feathers, which typically grow about three feet a year if the breed is given the ideal environment.

Because this breed is calm in nature, it can be used as both a show chicken and an egg producer, although hens can only produce up to one egg per day, which are tinted or cream in color. Most breeders focus on the ornamental value of the bird, especially the tail, so it is usually kept in areas where moulting can be prevented.

Image Caption: Several Yokohama chickens on the farm. Credit: Hagen Graebner/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Yokohama


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