Pros: Small, friendly

Cons: Not great egg layers

I got my first two sebright hens about a month ago, they are about 20 weeks now. I am new to bantams, my backyard flock is regular sized hens. I haven't gotten any eggs from them yet. They tend to stick together and don't get picked on or pick on the other girls (although they are at the bottom of the pecking order right now). They stay close to me when I am out in the yard. They don't let me touch them but will get very close if I stay still. I do live in the city and have a 4ft fence. They have not jumped it at all, unlike my flightly leghorns that I am constantly herding back into the yard. I do keep one wing clipped (but that doesn't stop my leghorns). Overall I like the sebrights. They aren't my favorite but they are a sweet little bird that is very pretty. I tend to stick with birds that are better egg layers but the sebrights were from a friend that needed to get rid of them so I was happy to take them home.


Pros: tiny, need very ittle space, beautiful, personality plus!

Cons: have a sharp little crow, can be difficult to hatch

These tiny bantams are perfect for a backyard or garden. they are so small they will not damage your plants. However, they do need fencing with a top netting as they fly very well. They are so beautiful and have such striking markings that even "non-chicken" people will find them impressive.  Have lots of personality and take to patient training very well. Can become quite a pet. There is a marked difference between show stock and hatchery stock. Breeding and Hatching is best for a experienced breeder. These make excellent show birds as they have that "look at me" attitude from day old babies. Most important for rearing is to keep them dry and out of the wind. They are small enough that they can be kept indoors quite well, so long as they get outside for a few hours on the grass. And since the male and female are identically marked, a person living in the city can have girls without boys and not be sad about not having a rooster.


Pros: gorgeous

Cons: real punks; agressive; bad protectors

I have a golden sebright cockerel from Ideal (well at least that's what I think, the feed store and they had an Ideal poster hanging next to all the chick brooders) and I hate him. He's human-aggressive, and doesn't protect his girls at all. He only has two girls to take care of, and he let one of them get eaten by a predator. He doesn't do any of the things a rooster should do, like call his girls over for treats, warn them of predators, etc. He hogs all the food and puts himself first. And attacks my family and friends. We have 3 kids under the age of 3 here everyday, and we are constantly afraid of him attacking them. He crows ALL the time.

It could be that I just got a bad egg (er, chick rather) or maybe just Ideal's roos are mean.

Also, it'll be 45 degrees out and he'll be shivering. I like more cold hardy breeds. So if you live in th Northeast, don't get sebrights unless you plan on heating your coop or having them as pets in the winter.

The only plus side is that he really is a pretty bird. Even if he is "just hatchery stock".

Here he is:


Pros: beautiful adorable

Cons: napolean a chihuahua.

I wish they had better personalities.  they are so pretty.  but they are picking on the other chickens I had with them to the point I had to separate them.  they were pulling their head feathers out.


Pros: Sweet, friendly, VERY CUTE, lays adorable eggs

Cons: A little skittish, only lets you hold them when THEY want

They are my favourite breed.


It all started out when a friend who had VERY shy Silver Sebrights gave us maybe fertile eggs. So we put them under our broody Dominique.(Note: the dominique is a very docile breed) It took 21 days, then we had to replace the first batch of 6 eggs. So we got 4 more eggs. We waited 21 days, constantly checking the broody hen. Finally, on day 22. My brother was collecting eggs, and noticed peeping from where the broody hen was. He checked under her, and saw this cutest little chick. He called me over, and I looked, and I was so thrilled. So I moved them away from the rest of the flock, and watched as the chick grew up. The Dominique hen was so careful taking care of her tiny chick. Once chick was a month old; we took the hen and her chick and put them with the rest of the flock. Thankfully, the hen was near the top of the pecking order. But on the first day she was fighting to protect her chick.


Then came the time when the chick fledged, before she was VERY skittish, but at fledging time I could catch her sometimes. Without the protection of her mother, she started to get picked on. So I started hand feeding her some of our turkey food(this was made up of: rice, eggs, and milk), away from the others. It started becoming a routine that she would fly up on my hand when I held the food. But she was taking alot of my time. So, I put the food bowl in our mudroom, on a trash can, so she could eat while I did my other chores. She quickly became accustomed to that, and when she was done her food she'd call me. Then she started flying on to my knee when I sat down to watch the chickens and she would just sitting there, preening, and eventually sleeping. Once the standard sized hens notice I found favoure in her, they let her be near the top of the pecking order. So our friend gave us a Silver Sebright cockerel and pullet; that one of her sebright hens raised. They were very shy compared to Vanilla (The sweet sebright). The standard birds also let them be near the top. The rooster became argressive to other chickens, and became buddies with the two chickens(1 roo, 1 hen) that one of my Golden Crown hens raised. The two new birds started becoming accustomed to me and let me hold them now and then. Vanilla still has the same routine(except it's bread this time because we sluaghtered the turkey). Both sebright hens are laying. And most of all, Vanilla is sweeter every day.


So, I suggest, if you want them, you get hatching eggs and and either hatch them your self, or give them to a calm, docile, broody hen. big_smile.png


Here are my Sebrights:

















Pros: Don't need much space, cool looking feathers

Cons: They fly, roosters were mean, skittish

Sebrights have absolutely cool looking feathers almost snakes. I ordered about 4 or 5 Sebrights with an assortment of bantams and got one hen and the rest roosters a mix of silver and gold. The roosters were not friendly at all, often would get attacked when I was passing out food. The hen was nice but always flew or ran away when I went up to her. They don't lay a lot and the eggs are tiny. The chickens are easy to step on themselves.


Pros: purdy birds

Had two sebright hens from TSC, they loved to free range the backyard all day usually under pine trees or bushes, would be noisy if u didnt let them out, would return to coop close to dark, averaged 1.3 eggs a day between the two of them. Were skiddish, never could pick them up but they would get close in hopes of a treat.


Pros: Good layer, great mother, cautious

Cons: Independent, skittish, broods anywhere hidden

My Seabright, mated with our Fury footed Bantam Roo, and when our Regular size Roo grew up and took over the coop he refused to go back in. So she followed him anywhere which was to roost in the trees!  Even through the winter!  Her comb lost its red shine..   Every time she goes broody which is 3 times a year, she picks the weirdest spots (our insulation) and kept them to herself.  Very protective, keeps them away from the rest of the flock, and still refuses to come back to the coop even to keep them protected from the weather. I finally gave up and made her a well protected spot that regular chickens cannot fit into and now she roosts there, thank goodness.  8 out of 10 eggs hatch, and she is a great mother to each flock but will NOT take anothers eggs under her. She has one kid per brood that she keeps with her outside, allowing the others (when come of age to be independent) to roost in the coop and find a mate. During a few horrible fox attacks, my regular flock was attacked but her and her chicks always survived. I am in Louisiana and I don't care what the weather is like, she lays almost every single day. BUT, she will not lay in the hen boxes often. When she is ready, if another hen is there, she wont wait her turn...she will find some weird spot, until I find them, then she will find another.  Definitely NOT friendly, but I dont think that is the breed because her kids are.


Pros: So beautiful, talkative, fun to watch

Cons: Horrible layers, tiny eggs, sort of flighty

My Sebrights are beautiful, talkative, and funny to watch. They are not good layers, only giving me about 3 eggs a week, from all 4 of them! They are sort of flighty, like Leghorns, unless you spend a lot of time with them. They wouldn't make the best city bird because of their ability to fly over 5 feet enclosures (speaking from experience), but wing trimming can easily fix that. They might be a good bird for out in the country, a bird that can defend itself from predators. I would recommend this breed to anybody who needs a bird that can defend itself from predators, doesn't care about the rate of egg laying or the size of the egg, and are willing to spend a lot of time with their birds.


Sir John Saunders Sebright created this tiny ornamental bantam in the early 1800's having the intent of developing an exhibition bird with striking plumage. Nankins, Polish, Hamburg and Rosecombs are all breeds thought to play a part in the development of the Sebright. Many poultry fanciers took a liking to these tiny birds with big personality and prominent features like upright fan tails, pouty chests and large rose combs. With a rapidly growing number of breeders and admirers, The Sebright Bantam Club (a very first for chicken breed associations) was founded in 1810. This breed has maintained its popularity and remains a favorite among exhibition poultry breeders.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy
Breed Colors/Varietiessilver laced, golden laced and buff laced
Breed SizeBantam
APA/ABA ClassSingle Comb Clean Leg
APA/ABA ClassSingle Comb Clean Leg
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Rose
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Low
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

silver laced, golden laced and buff laced

Breed Details:

The Sebright  males are  "hen-feathered". This means that the roos don't have sickle feathers but rather smooth, hen-like feathers heading down the back toward the tail. Though beautiful and intriguing, the Sebright can be difficult to raise. They tend to be flighty, the hens don't lay many eggs and rarely brood, and the chicks have a higher mortality rate. Despite these downfalls, Sebright breeders are extremely passionate for them keeping substantial numbers turning out for the poultry shows. Backyard flock owners also enjoy having a few peck around the yard. They are fun to watch and make quite an impression. I'd say their popularity is here to stay. Thanks to PurpleFrog, Year of the Rooster and LittleChickenRacingTeam for their beautiful photos.