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Vietnamese breeder sells long-tailed chickens for $2,800 a pair

By Quynh Tran   December 25, 2016 | 05:07 pm GMT+7

Of course, the Lamborghini of poultry doesn't come cheap.

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Phan Minh Hong, a breeder in the southern province of Binh Duong, sells these chickens for VND65 million ($2,860) a pair. Minh said the Japanese breed Onagadori is much coveted by hobbyists for its incredibly long tail plumage, sometimes nine meters long.

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Onagadori chickens, known as "Honorable Fowl," are protected by the Japanese government, Minh said.

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“The breed is considered a living monument of the Japanese culture. It is not easy to bring an Onagadori out of Japan. With a friend’s help, I managed to acquire 100 eggs for artificial incubation,” Hong said.

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He is believed to be the first Onagadori breeder in Vietnam. Some of the chickens already have two-meter tail feathers and should be ready for sale soon.

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The market is not big, but there are fervent buyers, Hong said.

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Hong currently has 100 Onagadori chickens. A rooster weighs about 2.5 kilograms and a hen about two kilograms.

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They are kept in special cages to protect the non-molting tail feathers.

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“I can sell this pair for VND65 million, the highest price in the country for a chicken breed," Hong said. "For one-month-old chickens, the price is VND2 million each. And they are my most sought-after birds ever.” 

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