Sultan Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Serai Taook

The basics:
The Sultan Chicken is a crested breed which was developed in Turkey, where it has always been primarily ornamental. Sultans were brought to England in 1854, and they came to North America in 1867. In 1874, the Sultan chicken accepted into the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection.

According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "This breed is unique in that it has more distinguishing features than any other breed; having: V-shaped comb, crest, beard, muffs, large nostrils, wings carried low, vulture hocks, feathered shanks and toes, and five toes on each foot. The wings are held drooped such that they obscure the thighs and upper hocks. Sultans are pure white in color and have slaty blue shanks and toes. They tend to stand somewhat erect."

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (V Comb): White
Uses: Ornamental, Pets
Bantam: 22 - 26 oz
Largefowl: 4 - 6 lbs
Personality: Docile and sweet, may get bullied in a mixed breed flock
Broody: Occasionally
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium

What else you should know:
You may find crest trimming or banding to aid your Sultans if they are allowed to free range, or are being housed with other breeds.


sweetest birds, excellent starter bird, little darlings, big white crests


vulture hocks, heavy leg feathers, rare breed shows

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Sultan Chicken

From Birds4me May 28 2013 10:27AM


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