Sebright Chicken

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Other common names: Sebright Bantam Chicken; Silver Sebright Bantam; Golden Sebright Bantam

The basics:
The Sebright Chicken is a true bantam chicken. The breed was developed in England in the 18th century by Sir John Sebright, who bred many animals including chickens to study how genetic traits are passed on. His 1809 pamphlet, The Art of Improving the Breeds of Domestic Animals (1809), included an explanation on "how the weak and the unhealthy do not live to propagate their infirmities". This passage impressed his contemporary Charles Darwin, and aided Darwin in his explanation of the theory of natural selection.

According to the Sebright Club of America, "It was about the year 1800 that the late Sir John Sebright first began to fashion the Sebright Bantam. The cross was between some common bantam and the Polish fowl. These were bred in and in until the required marking and size were secured. Sir John then accidentally found a short-tailed bantam cock in the country when he was traveling. This short-tailed bird he inbred with his newly manufactured bantams, thereby giving their progeny the present form of the short tail."

Types: Bantam
Varieties (Rosecomb): Buff Laced, Gold Laced, Silver Laced, Chamois, Citron, Lilac
Uses: Ornamental, Pets
Weight: 20 - 22 oz
Personality: Confident and spunky, hens usually make great pets. Roosters can be aggressive.
Broody: No
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: White
Egg size: Small

What else you should know:
Sebrights are highly susceptible to Marek's disease, so vaccination is recommended.

Bantams are very small, and should not be expected to walk on or in accumulated snow. Bantams can fall victim to hawk attacks, so providing them with an enclosed pen may be necessary.

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