Sebright Bantam Chicken
The Sebright is a breed of chicken named after its developer, Sir John Saunders Sebright. The Sebright is one of the oldest recorded British ‘true’ bantam (meaning it is a miniature bird with no corresponding large version of the breed), created in the 19th century through a selective breeding program designed to produce an ornamental breed.
The first poultry breed to have its own specialist club for enthusiasts, Sebrights were admitted to poultry exhibition standards not long after their establishment. Today, they are among the most popular of bantam breeds. Despite their popularity, Sebrights are often difficult to breed, and the inheritance of certain unique characteristics the breed carries has been studied scientifically. As a largely ornamental chicken, they lay tiny, white eggs and are not kept for meat production.
These tiny bantams are perfect for a backyard or garden. they are so small they will not damage your plants. However, they do need fencing with a top netting as they fly very well. They are so beautiful and have such striking markings that even “non-chicken” people will find them impressive. Have lots of personality and take to patient training very well. Can become quite a pet. There is a marked difference between show stock and hatchery stock. Breeding and Hatching is best for a experienced breeder. These make excellent show birds as they have that “look at me” attitude from day old babies. Most important for rearing is to keep them dry and out of the wind. They are small enough that they can be kept indoors quite well, so long as they get outside for a few hours on the grass.
Characteristics: The Sebright Bantam Chicken has plumage that is laced around the edges evenly with black, on a base of either dark gold or whitish silver. Sebrights have un-feathered legs with slate–blue skin, and their beaks are ideally a dark horn color. Sebright roosters carry a rose comb covered with fine points, and a small spike that sweeps back from the head (called a leader). Combs, earlobes and wattles were originally a purple color referred to in the fancy as mulberry, but today are often bright red though mulberry is still desired according to the standards in most countries. Some breeders consider hen feathering to have an adverse effect on the fertility of male Sebrights, and may use roosters that don’t carry the trait for breeding purposes, despite their automatic disqualification in shows.
- Standard Weights: Male – 22 oz./Hen – 20 oz.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: England
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.