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Sicilian Buttercup


Pros: Affectionate, docile

Cons: low producing

I absolutely love my sicillian buttercup. I'm not sure of how rare they really are cause I picked one up at a feed center no problem. Mine is my "lap chicken" waiting eagerly to be picked up. Loves sleeping in my hands. 


Pros: Small, VERY friendly, beautiful, cool comb, kind to other birds but dose'nt let them push her around

Cons: ZERO!

I have had one of these as a pullet and she was great!  You would have to be careful cause every time you bent down she would jump on either your head, back, or leg!  The comb is very unique and plumage color is fascinating!  Another great thing was her size.  She was a smaller chicken than the others but not quite bantam size (as this is a LF breed).  Great breed!:D   


Pros: Affectionate, friendly, inquisitive, quirky, smart, good at evading predators, beautiful, excellent flyer, and quiet.

Cons: None!

At long last, I'm able to give my Cookie her 5-star rating since she just laid her first egg today! I've waited 7 long months for this, so prepare yourself for a long, babbling statement about just how much I adore this breed. I'm IN LOVE with my precious little girl who is comparable to Alex in almost every way possible. I bought Cookie from Meyer Hatchery as an extra, preparing myself in advance for a stunning bird who would be extremely flighty, simply to prevent any future disappointment. Boy, was I ever given a surprise! She has, since chickhood, been friendly and docile as all get out. Plus, she flies up on my arm and makes her opinions known in a crackly voice just like my other sweetie pie, Alex. You could essentially say that I got two of my favorite chicken! Since we live in a colder northern climate, I've had to rub that lovely buttercup comb with Vaseline to prevent frostbite, and never once has she struggled. You could probably do almost anything to her, and she wouldn't ONCE think of putting up a fight. Most likely due to a back injury as a chick that left her with a slight hump, her growth was impeded slightly, leaving her at close to 3 lbs. Her biggest accomplishment was flying on top of our coop, which I would calculate to be about 9 ft. tall. One last cool Cookie fact: she's growing spurs, and is the only pullet in our decently large flock to do so.


Cookie's actually a spoiled brat who flies up on the food storage can because she KNOWS that she can wheedle a bit of hand-fed food from me! Here, though, I was pampering her during her first laying experience by providing some...well....bedside service? :P

You've got to love those pleading, irresistible dark eyes!

See the beginnings of spurs?




Pros: distinctive plumage, good forager, heat tolerant

Cons: escape artist

My Sicilian Buttercup, Piquin, is a consistent layer of small creamy eggs, about 3-4 a week. Her plumage is a gorgeous coppery gold with distinctive leopard-like spots; a double comb and high tail carriage really make her stand out, despite her diminutive size. Sicilian Buttercups are quite small and lean with a very erect stance. Summers are regularly 100+ but the Sicilian Buttercup's Mediterranean heritage helps her cope; I suspect it might also be a liability in a colder climate.


Piquin has been an independent hen from a young age and is a bit anti-social within the flock. She frequently wanders off to hunt grubs on her own and as an excellent flier would often escape the backyard, easily sailing over a 6 foot fence. She managed to escape any predator that came after her, but eventually I had to clip her flight feathers to keep her in the yard. She is friendly and curious but does not like to be handled. She is much smaller than my other girls but manages to hold her own in a conflict.


I recommend this breed for its distinctive look and excellence heat tolerance. Sicilian Buttercups are active, curious, and independent but not good for people seeking docile heavy production birds.





Curious Piquin watching the camera.




Checking the fence for vulnerabilities, clever girl!


Pros: they are really sweet good egg layers gorgeous gorgeous hens and rosters

Cons: there are NONE

I looooooooove this breed sooooooooo much. They are soooooo sweet. Great egg layers, perfect amount of broodiness. And the most GORGEOUS hens and roos.thumbsup.gif:thumbsup:thumbsup:thumbsup:thumbsup

P. S I would have done 5 stars but my kindle's acting up.


Pros: beautiful birds,good egg production,good foragers

Cons: flighty,mean,don't do good in confinement,vocal,escape artists,feisty

I got 10 Sicilian Buttercups. I had to sell 8 because they were mean and wild. Before we sold the Sicilian Buttercups 2 were getting beat up so I put them in my Welsummer chicken coop. When I decided to sell the Sicilian Buttercups I also decided not to separate the 2 Sicilian Buttercups from the Welsummers. So I only sold 8.





Pros: Consistent layers, beautiful, smart

Cons: Flighty, vocal

After reading reviews, I expected our Sicilian buttercup chicks to turn into friendly, beautiful birds who were so-so layers. Turns out we were only correct on the beautiful part. Until they started laying, they were our most standoffish and skittish chickens of the entire flock. We had 2 buttercups and they stuck together, but wouldn't come anywhere near us, even when offered mealworms. They were the most skittish chickens I've EVER seen, and I've seen a lot. The funny thing I've noticed in my first year keeping chickens, ALL my chickens had personality changes after they started laying. The buttercups became a LOT more friendly, and will now eat out of our hand, follow us around the yard, and one will allow us to pet her. They are still more skittish than the others, but they've come a long way. 


As for laying, they are GREAT layers! I've been surprised, actually, and was under the impression that this breed was a week layer. Not so with our two, they lay 6-7 eggs a week. They are cute, smaller white eggs. Perfect size for adding that extra uncalled for stability to a baking recipe (I always add a little more egg to cake recipes than called for). Also, the Sicilian buttercups are so pretty. They are smaller chickens compared to our others (Plymouth Rock, RIR, red sex link, etc.) but they hold their own. They are our most vocal birds, but I wouldn't say it''s unreasonable either. This is also something that appeared after they started laying. Before laying, they were completely silent. 


They are definitely flightly! Being smaller, they can get some lift the way other chickens can't. They love to roost up high and you can expect to find them on top of the coops from time to time. I would definitely recommend the Sicilian buttercup to any chicken keeper looking to add a little beauty and cute egg layers to the flock. 


Pros: Active, Great Foragers

I love my little Sicilian Buttercup pullets. These girls have a hand full of weeks to go before they should start laying but I do intend to get more of them. I love how active they are. While a naturally active bird, once in hand they are easy to handle. They are no more upset about confinement than any of my other chickens. My Hamburg's are actually the last in every single night and were the hardest to break to roosting in their new coop. No problems with aggression either. They hold their own.


Pros: Great forager, friendly, smart and alert, busy but generally quiet

Cons: doesn't tolerate confinement well, flighty

Our first experience with chicken math was when I saw this little peeper and her perky personality just drew me in. She came home with us and theres been no looking back. She is beautiful to look at, her crown is very fitting to her personality. She has always been the princess at the top the the pecking order but doesn't rule aggressively. She is very smart and aware, keeps a large beautiful brown eye on things in her kingdom. Visitors often comment that she is the favorite, whether its for looks or personality or both!
We love her medium size, her green legs and shiny iridescent feathers. She seems to keep herself pretty clean and well groomed. She loves attention and sits in your lap for affection often. Curious and spunky, shes brave and a little bossy.
Very busy, she quits moving only when shes asleep and is always last to bed at night and first up in the morning. She has been a great teacher to the other girls,
A huge digger/scratcher means she makes an excellent forager and rototiller, unless its an area you didnt need a tasmanian devil mess.
A bit flighty, she doesnt do well with confinement and I think she would make best fit for flocks that can at least part time free range.


Pros: I think their crown comb is cute.

Cons: Flighty, bossy, mean, escape artists!

I have owned two Sicilian hens and you couldn't pay me to own any again. They were constantly trying to get out of the 1/2 acre run I had them in (all of my 13 other hens were content to be in there) by squeezing under the tiniest little space under the chicken wire fence that they could find. I would find the hole and block it off and they would just make or find another one! They would chase all of my 13 other chickens around and viciously rip out their feathers (even chickens twice their size). Perhaps I just owned two very bad tempered examples of this breed but I really wouldn't recommend them to anyone.

Sicilian Buttercup

The Sicilian Buttercup is a member of the Mediterranean class. It was imported from the island of Sicily in 1892 and is considered to be a very rare breed. Because of its beauty and rich coloring, it has attracted much interest in America, especially as an exhibition bird. The red cup-shaped comb is a unique feature in the poultry world and is the reason behind the descriptive name.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Wild / restless,Not bear confinementwell
Breed Colors/VarietiesMales are a rich orange red with black spangles in their feathers and a lustrous black tail with beetle-green highlights. Base color for females is deep gold or amber with all feathers accented by black spangles. Shanks and toes are olive or yellowish green.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Buttercup
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:

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

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Wild / restless,Not bear confinement well

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Males are a rich orange red with black spangles in their feathers and a lustrous black tail with beetle-green highlights. Base color for females is deep gold or amber with all feathers accented by black spangles. Shanks and toes are olive or yellowish green.

Breed Details:

Buttercups are alert and very active and make great foragers or free-range birds. They typically reach 4 or 5 pounds in size, lay a small white egg, and have a low to fair rate of egg production. Care must be taken to protect Buttercups from extreme cold and below-freezing temperatures, but on the flip side - they are very heat tolerant. Chicks mature early, and you might hear your cocks grow as soon as 2 months. Often mislabeled as timid birds, the males especially can be quite friendly and curious if raised from a chick, and will eat from your hand, or even hop on your lap to check for treats.




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