Last Updated on September 12, 2020 by Pauline G. Carter
Sebright Chickens are true Bantam chickens, produced by Sir John Sebright from the UK in the 19th Century. A true Bantam bird means it is a miniature bird. There are no larger counter parts of this breed.
There are quite a few features about the Sebright Chickens that stands out from other birds. One feature is that the male birds don’t have the long and flowing side-hangers and the sickle feathers.
They are called ‘Hen feathered’ which probably was produced from Campine blood over the Henny Game Fowl that has these features. The lack of the sickle feathers in the cock birds was blamed on the breed not being fertile.
As a result, a small amount of the extended feathers in their sickles started becoming more acceptable than previously unaccepted.
Sebright Chicken | Breed Profile
|Country of origin:||United Kingdom|
|Weight:||Male: 22 oz.Female: 20 oz.|
|Recognized Varieties:||Gold, Silver|
|Egg production (annual):||52|
Characteristics Of The Sebright Chicken
The Sebright Chicken stands confidently with its upright bearing. They keep their wings low with their necks curved gracefully. Their chest looks puffed perpetually. Their tails are held high.
Standing sleek and elegant, the birds have dark expressive eyes. Bantam chickens have the ‘laced’ feather pattern for which they are so well known. Each of their feathers looks like it’s been beautifully designed with a pen.
When it shows, it is important that the ‘lacing’ shows up as delicate and refined, delicately edging every feather. The beaks are horn-colored, with the combs and faces being light purplish colored to red.
Earlobes are also a mulberry color with wattles being bright red. Their legs are a grey-blue color. The males should be ‘hen-feathered’, with the only colors of the bird being recognized as silver and gold.
Behavior / Temperament
Sebright bantam chickens are beautiful and soft in nature. Today people more consider this chicken as an ornamental bird over a meat or egg laying bird. In fact, they don’t produce many eggs and they are small.
The Sebright can be loud and talkative with a nervous kind of disposition, becoming skittish and able to fly over walls. They need their space and their free ranging. A lack of activity can cause them to be anxious, with maybe the rooster becoming aggressive.
These birds are shy when with other chickens, kind of staying low in the pecking order. Sometimes this makes them get bullied, which means they need to be kept separately.
What to like and what not to like about the Sebright chicken?
- Beautiful addition to a flock.
- Love foraging and free-ranging.
We Don’t Like
- Noisy for the back yard.
- Not good egg layers.
- Skittish, nervous birds so can fly over walls.
Is The Sebright Chicken A Good Choice For You?
If you are interested in something pretty, playful and independent, you will love the Sebright Chickens. They are sweet natured and inquisitive. They might not be the cuddly pet-type of chicken like some other chicken breeds, but they are friendly.
A bond can be established with this bird looking after them well and feeding them with some of their tasty foods and treats, but they are not birds that will overwhelm you – they give you your space.
They are also not particularly interested in raising their babies, not being that interested in motherhood and egg-laying either for that matter. They are ideal birds to get if you love just admiring them pottering around the garden.
If you plan on buying Sebright chickens for sale, it is important they have a secure, safe place where they can explore, which they love doing.
They are a beautiful addition to any coop, but with their up and down quirky personality, they don’t fit everyone’s cup of grain!