SHOW CHAM­PION

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ZAN­DER, A red-sad­dled Yoko­hama cock­erel, be­came a cham­pion at the Mid Som­er­set Poul­try Show. He seemed very good-na­tured and his beau­ti­ful long white tail feath­ers were a sight to be­hold. He is a show bird and I was told by his owner, Dawn De Athe, that he is al­lowed to free range for a cou­ple of hours a day.

The Yoko­hama orig­i­nated in Ja­pan and was im­ported into Europe in the mid-1800s, sup­pos­edly shipped from the port of Yoko­hama in Ja­pan to France. The birds are fa­mous for their in­cred­i­bly long tail feath­ers and they are mainly kept as or­na­men­tal birds for show­ing pur­poses since their tails need care­ful care. Yoko­hamas are some­times called Ja­panese Long­tails and they can be duck­wing, golden, black red, red-sad­dled or white in colour.

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