The Sebright, developed by Sir John Sebright in about 1800, is one of the oldest British bantams. It’s considered to be a true bantam in that there is no standard version of the breed. Sebright wanted to develop a bantam that was small with laced plumage. It’s thought that he crossed the Nankin, among other native bantams and Polish breeds, to create the coloring and feathering he was looking for.
The Sebright was admitted to the APA in 1874. Hens and cocks look very similar. They’re small bantams with the cock weighing about 22 ounces and hens 20 ounces. The recognized and most popular colors are Gold and Silver. They have a striking lace pattern on their bodies. The combs are rose and end in a straight, horizontal spike. Females have a similar but smaller comb. The wattles are bright red and rounded and are smaller in the female. The Sebright has a short back, prominent breast, and full tail that’s carried at about 70 degrees above horizontal. The wings are large and downward sloping.
Sebrights are a truly ornamental breed. They’re active and easily tamed, but can be challenging to rear for a beginner due to poor laying and the small, limited numbers of eggs. Hens aren’t very broody and cocks need warmth to breed. The best time to breed Sebrights is in April, May, or June when the weather warms up.
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