Would you like to raise one of the most unusual, eye-catching breeds of chicken in the world? The White Sultan is the breed for you! In addition to being beautiful, Sultans make excellent pets. Most Sultan owners report that they are nearly always happy, they are calm, they like to be handled, and they make great pets. They are not particularly active and are not good foragers, making them quite comfortable in confinement. They can fly, though, so should be kept in a run with a top or a very high fence, or their wings should be clipped.
In their native home of Turkey, this breed is called "Serai Taook," which translates very roughly to "fowls of the sultan's palace." They became known in English as "Sultan's Fowl" then just Sultans. They have always been raised as ornamental fowl. Legend has it that they were used as living ornaments at the Sultan's palace in Constantinople, and the breed has always been rare.
Sultans have more unusual features than any other breed. They have five toes, crests, beards, feathered legs and feet, V-shaped combs, muffs, large nostrils, droopy wings, and vulture hocks. In other words, if it's strange on a chicken, the Sultan has it!
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