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Sultans came to England from Istanbul. All Sultans are decended 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 favour 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: Sultans 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

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