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Breed Facts

Status:
Threatened

Use:
Eggs, Exhibition

Egg Color:
Creamy White

Egg Size:
Tiny

Market Weight:
20-22 oz

Temperament:
Active, spunky and easily tamed

Characteristics:
Challenging for a beginner due to poor laying, limited numbers of eggs

Sebright Chicken

Sebright chickenThe Sebright, developed by Sir John Sebright  in about 1800, is one of the oldest British bantams. It is 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 is 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. The hens and cocks look very similar. They are small bantams with the cock weighing about 22 oz and the hen 20 oz. The recognized and most popular colors are Golden and Silver. They have a striking lace pattern on their bodies. The combs are rose and end in a straight, horizontal spike. The 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; full tail that is carried at about 70 degrees above horizontal. The wings are large and downward sloping.

Sebrights are a truly ornamental breed. They are active and easily tamed. The can be challenging to rear for a beginner due to poor laying, small and limited numbers of eggs. The hens are not very broody and the 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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