Hatching February to October.
White Sultan Bantams are very uncommon birds and are unusual in appearance. These bantams are small and yet seem to have gathered all the extra feather accents of all the other chicken breeds. White Sultan Bantams have full crests, muffs, and beards. They also have dramatic feathering on their legs and feet, including heavily feathered shanks and vulture hocks. Vulture hocks are very long and stiff feathers coming from the leg and pointing outward. Vulture Hocks is usually a disqualification in most breeds. In the case of the White Sultan Bantam though, these long leg feathers just add to the opulence. They have five toes on each foot. Their combs are V-shaped and small.
Production: White Sultan Bantams lay a minimal number of creamy white eggs; the main reason to raise these birds is for their unique beauty and personality. They can be good mothers, and some make good brood hens.
Temperament: Sultans are impish and proud but are calm and non-aggressive. These birds are very domesticated and need some pampering. They make poor foragers and are well suited for confinement, although they do need very clean and tight housing to keep their abundant white feathering in good shape. White Sultan Bantams make nice pet chickens and do well mixed with Silkies.
History: Although originating in southeastern Europe, Sultan Chickens became very popular in Turkey, where the breed was known as Serai Taook, which translates to 'Poultry of the Palace' or 'Fowl of the Sultan.' They first arrived in England in 1854 and were then simply called Sultans.
The Sultan Chickens of Turkey were raised for ornamental and pet reasons. They are considered garden ornaments and people have notated that Sultans do less damage to lawns than other breeds.
The first standard Sultan chickens came to America in 1867. The bantam version was then created and developed in America and was admitted into the APA Standard in 1960.
APA Class: Feather Legged Bantam.
Color Description: White Sultan Bantams are white with a light horn-colored beak, light brown eyes, and bluish slate legs and feet. Feathers usually have a lustrous streaking on them giving the white a lush texture.
Conservation Status: Not applicable to bantams.
Weight: Cockerel 22 oz, Pullet 20 oz.
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