Sicilian Buttercups

Active, Flighty, Intelligent

Recognized Color Varieties

Single Variety

Breed Traits

Sicilian Buttercups are the only chicken with their unique Buttercup comb. Although shaped like a cup with red medium-sized points on each side, the comb does not much resemble its namesake – the Buttercup flower. In addition to it's unique comb, they have yellow legs, reddish brown eyes, white ear-lobes, and willow green legs. The males and females have much different feathering, however. The male should be primarily a rich reddish orange with some black spangles and a lustrous green black tail. The female is primarily buff colored with elongated black spangles on the body feathers.


Buttercups are a typical flighty Mediterranean breed. They require high fences to keep them in, and lots of space to roam. They will avoid human contact as much as possible, so although they are rare and gorgeous, they are recommended for only expert chicken keepers and those with plenty of space to give. 

 

Unlike most Mediterranean breeds, the Sicilian Buttercup is not great at converting food into eggs. They lay small white eggs about 2-4 times per week, and up to 180 a year.

Breed History

Sicilian Buttercups were originally from Sicily, though much of it's ancestry is unknown, and were first imported to the United States in 1835. All of the stock in North America today has descended from hatching eggs brought over in 1892.They were recognized by the American Poultry Association as a standard breed in 1918. 

Quick Facts

Peak Egg Production

Decent: Approx 180

Egg Size

Small

Egg Color

White

Tolerant of Confinement

No

Cold Hardy

No

Heat Tolerant

Yes

Broody

No

American Poultry Association

Mediterranean

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