Other common names: Serai Taook
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
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
Sultans are beautiful chickens that would be an excellent choice for children who want to start showing chickens. They are one of the very few breeds with five toes, and they have feathered shanks and toes, a beard, long tail and a feathered crest. Care should be taken that they are kept in dry bedding, or the feathers will brown and stick together, and the chicken may develop sores or diseases.
Sultans have very mild temperaments and do not mind being picked up and handled. They generally do not snap or bite, and are not aggressive with other chickens. They should not be kept with aggressive chickens because they are so timid.
Sultan hens do lay white eggs, but they are slow layers and the eggs are tiny, even in the standard breed. Males are not suitable for meat. This chicken makes a beautiful pet and a wonderful competitive shower, but is not well suited to anything else..
From zennie Oct 20 2013 10:43AM
Beautiful & sweet natured
My Sultans are my little darlings. They are possibly the sweetest birds I have raised so far; very inquisitive & friendly. Even the roosters are extremely gentle. Sultans are beautiful, They have big white crests & 5 toes with very heavily feathered feet and legs. They have what are known as "Vulture Hocks" beacuse the heavy feathering goes all the way up the legs to the body. Sultans are not known as heavy scrathers and therefore do not do as much damage to an area as other chicken breeds will do. Because of the heavy top hat, the females can be skiddish and therefore one must remain calm around them at all times. With proper supervision these birds could make an excellent starter bird for a child. They bond quickly and love to be talked to. Sultans do not lay very many eggs; my girls avg. 1 egg every 2- 2 1/2 days, less through the winter. Sultans also require more forethought in winter, because of the heavy leg feathers these birds must have a shelter they can go in with an elevated perch to keep them out of the elements. While the Sultan in general is likely to be bullied because of its small size, we have found ours are just as likely to give it back to the agressor. On our farm, this has helped them tremendously as most of the other birds no longer mess with them. Sultans are definately not a meat or even dual purpose bird but they are a beautiful addition to the farm on a purely asthetic front and are just plain fun to own and breed for any poultry enthusiast..
From Birds4me May 28 2013 10:27AM