Sicilian Buttercup Chicken
The Sicilian Buttercup Chicken, probably did not originate in Sicily but in the Italian colony of Tripoli. There was possibly a crossing between the native north African breeds possibly the Fayoumi or similarly marked birds and Italian breeds. Some also suggest that the French Houdan was added. The first importation from the island of Sicily coming to America in 1835. The US Buttercup club was formed in 1912 and in 1913 Mrs Colbeck imported them into the UK.
The Sicilian Buttercup Chicken owes its name to the cup-shaped comb, its most characteristic feature, and the golden ground color of its plumage. The eggs for hatching were not imported into England until 1892.
Characteristics: The comb is a cup-shaped crown with a complete circle of medium sized regular points. The male and female do not look alike in coloring. The males are a rich, brilliant orange red with some black spangles in the feather of the body fluff and cape feathers at the base of the hackle; with lustrous, greenish black tail. The base color of the female is buff with all feathers on the body marked by parallel rows of black elongated spangles, giving the hen an appearance of being beautifully spotted and suggesting a ringneck pheasant hen. Skin color is yellow and shanks and toes are a willow green. Eggs are small and can be colored anywhere from white to heavily tinted. They are good fliers and free-ranging Buttercups will often be seen perching in elevated areas such as fencetops, haylofts, trees, and arbors.
- Standard Weights: Cock-5 pounds; hen-4-1/2 pounds; cockerel-4-1/2 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Egg Producer
- Origin: Mediterranean
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Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
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Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.