Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sultan Chicken

Female Sultan Chicken
I've had chickens on the brain lately thanks to a new ordinance in town that's allowing backyard coops (and I've been interesting in keeping some of these guys for a while). So in the course of my readings I've come across the really strange and unusual breeds, like the Sultan.

Sultan Chickens originated in Turkey, where their name Serai Taook means "Sultan's Fowl." The translated name stuck when this curious looking breed made its way to England in 1854. They would arrive in the United States thirteen years later.

Sultan Chickens are covered head to toe in feathers, including a crest, feet, and beard. While white is the most accepted color variation, other types are sometimes seen.

Members of the breed are docile, and survive best in warmer climates... which means I probably won't be getting any for my potential flock. Curse you winter!

Status :  Critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
Location : Domesticated, originally from Turkey
Size : Weight up to 5lbs (2.2kg)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Aves -- Order : Galliformes
Family : Phasianidae -- Genus : Gallus -- Species : G. gallus 
Subspecies: G. g. domesticus

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