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.
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.
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