The painting above is of a Crele Ohiki by Amanda Stewart. If you would like a painting or drawing by Amanda you can contact her at Amanda Stewart Fine Art. I ask her to paint this for me to show the goal that I am working for in my Crele Ohiki project. She also added the text in the stone witch means Chucks Chicken.
The Ohiki is a true bantam (there are no large form of the breed) that was created in the Kochi Prefecture located on the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku in the late Edo period (Tokugawa period). A time in Japanese history which was ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family (running from 1603 to 1868). For more history on the Ohiki click here and for the Japanese standard click here.
In 2002, Mrs. Toni-Marie Astin imported the breed to the United States from the Wolfgang Vits and Knut Roeder lines of Germany with the help of Marc King of Italy. Mrs. Astin has been working very hard to build up the stamina and fertility as years of inbreeding was killing the lovely breed. In 2008, I got my first clutch of eggs from Mrs. Astin and for the time since, have been helping her along with a few others to help the breed survive and flourish in the United States. The breed is very short-legged and well rounded with some what broad shoulders. Ohiki is a breed that is like no other long tail fowl, and the rarity of them means that the preservation and improvement is a must to keep the breed alive! For anyone who is breeding long tail fowl the book that David Rogers and Toni-Marie Astin wrote has everything you need to know about breeding and caring for long tail fowl like the Ohiki.
This is a very nice Ohiki painting by Trevor Cropper! Contact him at Trevor Copper's Original Art Work if you wish to see more of his work, purchase or use it.
Please do not ask for eggs or birds I do not sale them
they are only for my breeding and not for sale!!!
Thanks Chuck Huffman