In Europe, the Japanese breed of chicken Shabo was imported in the middle of the 19th century. It immediately became very popular and quickly spread not only in European countries, but throughout the world. Poultry breeders are very fond of these layers because of their unusual appearance and trusting disposition, even despite the very low egg production. During the year, Shabo chickens lay only about 80 eggs, the weight of which is from 30 grams. The shells of these eggs are white.
Adult laying hens reach a weight of half a kilogram, and roosters – six hundred grams.
The main distinguishing feature of this breed of chickens is their miniature size. They have a very small body, but at the same time a large, wide head, on which there is a large four to five toothed crest. Despite the small size of the bird, it has a wide back and body. The upright rather long tail looks beautiful and rather unusual on chickens. Lush, abundant plumage is observed on the neck.
Earlobes, earrings and head of Shabo chickens are red. And the color of the beak and metatarsus depends on the color of the plumage. In addition to birds with smooth plumage, you can also find individuals with silky and even curly plumage of a wide variety of colors: white, striped, wheaten, porcelain, silver and many other colors and shades.
The most unpleasant and negative point in breeding Shabo birds is that they have very short legs, and this greatly affects the genetic structure and often leads to death, since the offspring do not survive from undersized roosters and laying hens. Therefore, if you want to breed these birds on your own, it is necessary to select “parents” in such a way that one of them has short legs, and the second has legs of medium length.
It is difficult to confuse chickens and roosters, although they are still similar. Laying hens do not have braids in their tails, their heads are much smaller and the comb can hang to their side, while in roosters the comb is always straight.
Birds of the Shabo breed have a very well developed incubation instinct. They perfectly incubate eggs and take care of chickens.