Buttercup Chicken

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Other common names: Sicilian Buttercup Chicken

The basics:
The Buttercup Chicken was developed on the island of Sicily in Italy. It gets it name from the cup-shape of its comb, and its golden buff color.

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "The first importation of Buttercups from Sicily to America is thought to have arrived in 1835. By 1912 a breed club was formed which soon reached over 300 members. Large classes were seen at many shows; it was to be short-lived. The breed had been promoted to the public on its superior utility. But the Buttercup chicken was found to be only average for egg production and there was a division of opinion regarding the proper color pattern – little attention having been at first given to this quality. Interestingly, the breed was being embraced, in England even as it declined in America. By 1920 the English had a club for the breed, but again popularity soon faded."

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Buttercup Comb): Gold
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental
Bantam: 24 - 28 oz
Largefowl: 5 - 6.5 lbs
Personality: Buttercups are good fliers and enjoy free-ranging. They are often seen perching on fence-tops, haylofts, trees and arbors.
Broody: No
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: White or Tinted
Egg size: Medium


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Buttercup Chicken

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