The Sulmtaler Chicken was developed in Austria in the late nineteenth century as a table fowl.
According to the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, "For several centuries, before modern hybrids were introduced from other countries, Sulmtaler chickens enjoyed a first-class, almost legendary reputation among Central European breeds. The capon was particularly well-regarded due to its magnificent appearance, considerable weight and the quality of its meat. The first written reference to the bird dates back to the 14th century. At the end of the 19th century the Sulmtaler chicken was considered a delicacy in the Austrian and French courts."
"From 1915 on, the Sulmtaler breed spread rapidly and gained many awards at poultry exhibitions in Graz, Vienna, Budapest and Berlin. Then in the hard years between the two World Wars, it was almost completely abandoned and an important part of Austrian gastronomic identity was lost. The Sulmtaler chicken managed to survive its most critical period only thanks to a few amateur breeders and poultry associations."
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Blue Wheaten, Gold Wheaten, Silver Wheaten, Wheaten, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Weight: 5.5 - 8 lbs
Personality: Freindly and easy to care for
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large
large chickens, Sulmtaler chicken meat, plenty personality
European Imported Sulmtalers, tiny starter eggs
European Imported Sulmtalers
Sulmtalers finally made it to the United States in 2011. What a great add addition to chicken breeds! They are super friendly but still with plenty personality. These are rather large chickens and apparently are delicious to eat. According to a culinary website a pound of good Sulmtaler chicken meat sells for around $20 in Austria.
There are currently only two locations in the States where you can find these chickens. The flock in Florida has made it successfully through a summer. The flock in Arizona will have to prove itself in the heat. Temperate and cold areas will not be a problem at all for these guys.
They grow very fast but start laying later than Mediterranean chickens. And never have I seen such tiny starter eggs - especially considering that these chickens are very large.
Sulmtalers are very expensive because they are extremely rare and importing them from Europe is very complicated and costly. You can buy them at Greenfirefarms or at Widget Creek Ranch.
From ca Mar 23 2012 10:15AM