The Buttercup Chicken is a small, spiritedly breed from Sicily, their chief distinguishing feature is their cup-shaped comb. Buttercup Standard Chicken’s are non-broody, lay a fair number of small eggs, and are kept strictly as ornamental fowl.
They are rare birds and the males and females have very different plumage. Males sport rich deep orange feathers with a greenish black tail while the females are a wonderful gold with black spangles running in parallel rows producing an almost spotty appearance. They are small attractive birds. The earlobes tend to be white and the legs are a soft green.
Characteristics: The Buttercup Chicken is not a prolific egg layer, only producing a small number of small, white eggs per year. They are not known for being broody. They are flighty, active birds and do not like being kept in confined runs, preferring to be out free ranging where possible. They are prone to frostbite on their elaborate combs so care needs to be taken when the temperatures drop below freezing. They don’t really like human contact and tend to keep their distance. Chicks are early maturing but the cup shaped comb takes a while to develop fully.
- Standard Weights: Cock-6-1/2 pounds; Hen-5 pounds; Cockerel-5; Pullet-4.
- Skin Color: White.
- Egg Shell Color: Brown.
- Use: A medium small fowl with fairly good egg production potential.
- Origin: Italy.
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.