Sultan Chickens came to England from Istanbul. All Sultans are descended from a crate imported by Miss Elizabeth Watts of Hampstead in January 1854. They originated in Southeastern Europe, but were bred in Turkey under the name of ‘Sultan’s Fowl,’ (Serai Taook) the breed evidently enjoying the favor of Turkish rulers, possible due to their attractive appearance. They have distinguishing characteristics, in the features of a full crest, muff, and beard, combined with vulture hocks also leg and toe feathering, along with five toes on each foot.
Characteristics: Sultan Chickens are best kept in small runs as they are rather poor foragers. Their crest feathers have a tendency to freeze when the temperatures drop below zero and they find it very hard to cope with poor weather. They are calm birds which are not known for aggression and can be handled easily so make excellent pets. Hens are not known for being broody and do not make particularly good mothers while the chicks are slow developers.
- Standard Weights: Cock-6 pounds; hen-4 pounds; cockerel-5 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: Turkey
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
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.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
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.