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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Adorable eggs, docile, BEAUTIFUL, heat hardy, occasionally broody, small size so they eat less feed and take up less room

Cons: Small eggs, hens crow like roosters are are loud, shy, bottom of pecking order, flighty, need to roam or else they get mean

I bought two white sebrights and one we had to get rid of right away because even though she was laying eggs she was crowing! The other one was very friendly and laid cute eggs regularly. But after having her for two years, she too started crowing and acting mean because she was constantly confined. So don't get the sebright if you have limited space, are looking for a docile, cold hardy, good layer and calm chicken. But if you have space and don't mind crowing then get the sebright because they are one of the most beautiful chickens out there and lay cute eggs.


Pros: Cool coloring,very active and fun to watch,very friendly

Cons: A little hard to come by show quality birds

Despite what people say about them being skittish I found mine to be fairly calm and with a little handling they are now 6 weeks old and will jump up into my lap to be petted.D.gif


I would reccomend this bird to anybody who likes a fun active little bird.


Pros: Striking color, cute little white eggs, good broodiness, excellent foragers

Cons: Silver color prone to predation from birds of prey

Some of the sweetest little roosters I've ever had who knew their job well. Some can be mean little suckers though.


The hens lay well for being bantam, mine averaged 4-6 eggs a week. Cold hardy with the rose comb.


I had both Silver and Gold.


Pros: Pretty, great personalities

Cons: Little jumpy, hard to determine sex, hard to hatch

I got some golden sebrights from Purely Poultry for my 4-H project and I ❤️LOVE ❤️them! They are a bit jumpy and don't like to be caught, but once calmed down they will happily sit in the palm of your hand while you read. It is hard to determine their sex when they are young, but once they start getting their combs it gets easier. wink.png So all in all, sebrights are a great breed for showmans and farmers. yippiechickie.gif

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.