Sicilian Buttercup Chooks

A Rare Breed of European Origin

Sicilian Buttercup male
Sicilian Buttercup cockerel

The buttercup shaped comb is the main feature of this light breed. Ideally the buttercup comb should be symmetrical and evenly serrated but this is very difficult to achieve.

Here in New Zealand and also world wide the Sicilian Buttercup is one of the rarest breeds of fowl. They are pretty good layers, have a beautifully patterned plumage and are good foragers which makes them an ideal small farm bird.

They are a prime example where city backyard poultry keepers can help save a rare breed: by purchasing the pullets that are unsuitable for breeding due to a misshapen comb at a fair price they make it worth while for a breeder to keep on going. The shape of the comb has no effect on the egg laying and they are still an attractive looking fowl.

Sicilian Buttercup hen
Sicilian Buttercup pullet
Sicilian Buttercup head
Close-up of a female Sicilian Buttercup comb
Thanks to Marina Steinke for supplying the above information and photographs.

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