A chicken that the child Edo fascinated with revives A masterpiece of farmers and foodstuffs, the secret story of the development of the Tokyo Shamo

History of the Tokyo Shamono

Chicken War is the favorite character of the legendary novel

Chicken army (shamo) was imported from Siam (Thailand) in the early Edo period. “Originally it was a fighting cock for the game cock, the beautiful body like a fierce bird with the brave, brave personality makes people excited.
Another draw is the deliciousness of the meat, which has appeared in popular modern novels like “Kihei Criminal Book” and “Ryoma Go”. It is described as a special food that colors the lives of the main characters.

Broyler dominated the post-war market

Japanese chicken farming is primarily broiler that was developed in the United States during the period of high economic growth after the war. The Bryer is fertile, easy to keep, can be shipped only 40 days after birth, is cheap and can be distributed to the market to meet the needs of mass production and stable supply. The taste is light and versatile, and the variety of chicken dishes has been extended on the Japanese table, and the recognition of chicken = broiler has pervaded the streets.

Aiming towards standard products that can adapt to modern distribution

Compared to high-efficiency broilers, military chickens have better fighting strength but their reproductive capacity is very weak, which makes it completely impossible to meet modern meat requirements. However, the voices that they love and celebrate the taste have been passed down from time to time. Thus, in order to create a mass-produced breed and a standard product that could adapt to modern distribution, many types of shamo were produced nationwide by crossing with broilers.

Tokyo shamo with equal quality of meat without fighting

“Tokyo Shamo” is also mass produced but has the characteristic that inherits 75% of the pedigree of the purebred chicken without bloodline, which makes a difference compared to the army of other regions.
First, perform a double hybridization of a purebred male and female, Road Island Red (laying hens). We will multiply the hybrid with a pure male line.
Male fighting chickens are usually aggressive, but here only weak, quiet and low-ranked males in the herd are selected and bred. Then, if you keep them together from the chicks era, you’ll have a calm, non-competitive chicken. In other words, the finished product is not as aggressive as its ancestors, but inherits the inherent quality of meat, which is the “Tokyo Shamo” born in 1984 (Showa 59).