It's been a while since I posted any bird pics and thought I would show some newer ones.
This is Hakuraikou (白雷光) in the last part of August 2010. His longest feathers were around 6' 9" there. The shorter ones are one year younger than the longer ones. He didn't get them in at the same time.
Shortly after that photo his tail was trimmed back to about one foot for breeding. He is now the father of 25 youngsters. A few have turned out to be a very special color; shojo tane (猩々種), the "orangutan variety". The color pattern was thought by most to have been extinct in these fowl since 1984, but it's back after only barely not being completely extinct!
One month old cockerel.
This is the mother, Chou-Akane (蝶茜). She was already named before I got her, but I like the name and kept it. She is a rare and precious gift I received late summer and am so thankful for.
One of her older sons that's about three months old is already crowing as long as an adult and has a prominent inhale at the end. I think this hen is going to put the correct crow back into my line that was lost long before I acquired the birds.