Other common names: Sebright Bantam Chicken; Silver Sebright Bantam; Golden Sebright Bantam
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."
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.
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.
easy going chickens, handsome, chickens free range, lace, beautiful chickens, great moms
small eggs, Little meat
excellent brooders, little creatures, small size, large sickle feathers, little tinted eggs
Small ornamental breed, great yard decor =)
If you're looking for a small chicken (barely 2lbs!) that looks pretty in your yard, you've found the one. Sebrights are bantam chickens, that are mostly for ornamental purposes due to their beautiful lace-like plumage (silver or gold), low egg laying, and even temperament. Unlike most chickens, the roosters and hens look quite similar and share the same coloring. Though I raised only a few, they were mild mannered, very easy to take care of, and not too extremely vocal. I would definitely recommend them as great starter chicken!.
From artofjesselle Apr 7 2015 1:43PM
I have owned three Sebright chickens, one golden and a pair of white Sebrights. These breed is not so much for practicality as much for show. Personally I think Sebrights are the most beautiful chickens there are. They are very unique in the fact that every one of their feathers has a perfectly rounded black tip.
The hens lay small white eggs, and are not completely reliable. The hens are sweet tempered, I never had any problems with the hens and they got along well with my other chickens. The rooster however was one of the most ill tempered I ever saw. He picked fights with the other roosters almost all the time. This is to be expected to an extent but he was much more aggressive than the others.
Although I have never showed chickens, Sebrights would be a beautiful choice. I prefer the goldens myself, although the white pair I had were truly gorgeous.
If you are looking for a pet, the hens would be a good choice for any age. However if you want a pair, I wouldn't suggest the rooster being around children because of their aggressive temperament..
From 72chevygirl Jul 15 2013 8:58PM