Other common names: Sicilian Buttercup Chicken
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.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: White or Tinted
Egg size: Medium
little beauties, little black spectacles, dark markings
AWFUL rooster, colder climes, smaller white eggs
Mild mannered and beautiful
We got these little beauties in a random assortment form McMurrrays Hatchery. The chicks are cute, friendly and brightly coloured with dark markings on yellow. They looked like they had little black spectacles on so were easy to ID from day 1. The cup shaped comb was just like a double line of singel combs at first.
The Sicilian Buttercups were mild mannered, shy but friendly and attentive. They were more timid in a group of mixed breeds and spend a fair bit of time up roosting. For a standard sized breed they are on the small side, and are pretty light to pick up. They eat very little.
They lay smaller white eggs fairly frequently. In a very cold climate (under -10*Celcius regularly) they may have trouble with frostbite as the circulation seems to be poorer to such a large and divided comb. Even our pullets did get frost nipped on the comb tips in a coop that never went under -10*C when outside was -25*C. Heated housing may be an option in colder climes.
Overall lovely, sweet birds that make nice pets,they would come and climb or fly up onto my knee. I wouldn't put them in with big, rougher, aggressive breeds as I think they would be miserable. I would have no problem putting them in with bantams though.
From skeffling Nov 13 2011 7:55PM
Sicillian Buttercup Roosters NOT Recommended
I should preface this by saying that I keep chickens mainly as pets and, as such, their personalities and temperaments are more important to me than they would be to someone who keeps birds for show or production. I am of the belief that chickens that have been overbred for a narrow set of characteristics, i.e. production or, as with buttercups, comb shape and show quality, are inferior as animals. Clausidius, my buttercup rooster, was a prime example of why breeding for such characteristics exclusively does a disservice to the animal. When I began keeping chickens I stopped eating chicken meat - however, over the course of Claus's time with my flock I seriously contemplated making him into dinner. He was an AWFUL rooster. CLUELESS about predators, was rough on the hens and had an insatiable sexual appetite for no very good reason. He was big and gorgeous but seriously aggressive. After months of trying to get him settled with my flock which happened to contain one other very docile rooster he would NOT stop fighting with him (and continually lost, by the way, to a rooster way less than half his size) and so I separated them. That did not stop Claus from initiating fights through THREE layers of fencing. On one occasion a nip on the earlobe from my other rooster became infected and Claus nearly died. He bounced back after treatment. Claus constantly attacked me and at one point nearly broke my hand. As a last ditch effort to give him a chance at life before considering euthanizing him I removed his spurs. They were growing back just fine until he broke a spur nub off at the bed after another fight through the fence. Again I seperated him from the flock and treated him. He had lost a lot of blood but seemed to be improving. Then, his first night back in the coop, he died in his sleep. He was gorgeous and could actually be quite cuddly once you had him in your arms but the rest of the time he was the most useless farm creature I've ever met and his passing ended up being a blessing to my hens who are relieved to have him gone. I would NOT recommend this breed for anything other than showing..
From Sparklewina Dec 31 2012 12:44PM