Pros: Tame, cuddly, beautiful, interesting, very nice to flock members, don't wander, don't eat a lot of food, lay often

Cons: Not too good in muddy places and hot places, really stubborn at times, never go broody, demand attention, roosters are aggressive, bad eyesight

My sultans were very fun to have!

The roosters were aggressive (could just be bad genetics) and got butchered in the end, but my hen is the sweetest chicken I have ever had, and she's pretty smart, too!


Very different from most chickens I've had, and can really start a conversation. I'm picky about what breeds of birds I want, but sultans are definitely a breed that will be staying in my flock.


Also, my hen lays nearly everyday, which is really surprising and impressive even if her eggs are small.


Pros: Adorable, amusing, and gets along well with other breeds

Cons: Wanders off easily, limited vision, very vunerable to predators, will fly up into things(!!!)

An awful breed for free-ranging but a life of containment works well for them. I had one that simply wandered off into the woods in the middle of the afternoon, I found her a little later and she say very confused. This breed also likes to roost a lot. My sultan, Paola flew up into a 10 foot tree and wouldn't come down. Containment is best if you want to keep them safe.


Pros: Good social skills with other chickens and with people, beautiful, funny, smart, gentle

Cons: They're white... which is one of the pros, but when it's not bath weather their leg & foot feathers get dirty.

We bought 5 "4-H reject" chickens at the co-op last spring, 3 buff brahma bantams, 1 white-crested Polish and 1 Sultan hen.  We got a story on this hen from the previous owner - she tended to take walks on her own, including a couple over-nighters, was thought gone & likely dead more than once, roosted higher than the other chickens.  She had her head feathers all pecked out by the others.  A couple toes became frost-bitten.  She was the lone Sultan in the coop of mixed breeds and definitely lowest on their pecking order, which was probably why she went it alone those times.  We named this hen Mavis, because a friend bought me a pillow decorated with a white chicken and the name Mavis on it.


One warm, sunny summer day while the 5 chickens were free-ranging in the back yard, I came outside to find white feathers all over the place and no sign of Mavis.  I thought the worst... looked high & low and found her in her basket, which is the highest one in the coop.  Mavis likes to be high & watching over things.  She was untouchable, terrified - apparently a bird of prey had tried to pick her off, but she fought for her life & escaped with a few less feathers, but no apparent injuries.


Long story short, we lost the other 4 chickens to predators, and Mavis lived in a dog kennel in our second garage for the rest of the summer until we were able to buy her some Sultan companions.  We learned how smart she is - she knew her routine, enjoyed playing "keep away" but would "kennel up" when she knew it was time.  She is now not only tame, but loving and funny.  Our other 2 Sultans, Cupcake and Creampuff, are also wonderful, affectionate, gentle, funny and they all love to talk.


If you're interested in having a relationship with your chickens and enjoying delicious fresh eggs, consider getting Sultans!


We are going to attempt hatching eggs this spring - Sultans are not broody, so apparently the best way to get chicks is to either buy them, get a broody hen of another breed or use an incubator (we're going the incubator route and have joined the Easter Hatch-a-long on BYC!)




Pros: sooooo cute!

Cons: none yet

I have only had them 3 days and they are only 3 days old, but so far I just love them! Super friendly and cuddly. Very calm


We have several of these that we bought and we have more that we have raised. I love hatching them out then watching them grow to adulthood. They hatch well and do well in the area of Mississippi we live in. We keep a light on them in the winter. We spend a lot of time watching them interact with each other. Cheap entertainment.



Pros: very sweet, love people, excellent pets

Cons: feather maintenence, head fluff impairs vision, low egg #

I only have one of these, her name is Fraggle, and she is a very sweet little bird. With other chickens, she is towards the bottom of the pecking order and quite timid. However, she comes right up to people and pecks their shoes to be picked up and petted. Very personable little birds that make great pets, but the downside is that the egg amounts are low and the eggs are small. I also have to give her a bath more often because the white shows dirt; and she requires pretty frequent haircuts in order to see because of all the head fluff. Still, great little birds - and they run REALLY funny. Mine does this galloping thing. Always good for a laugh! :)






I have had these birds for over some 10 years and they are such gentle darlings. Origin Turkey and were bought into England in January1854 by Miss Elizabeth Watts of Hampstead.  They have never been numerous, but have a dedicated following.


Type: Body rather long and very deep, breast deep and prominent.  Back short and straight.  Wings large, long and carried low.  Tail long, broad and carried open. Sickles very long and fine. Hangers numerous, long and fine. Coverts abundant and lengthy.

Head: Head medium size, beak short and curved. Eye bright, comb very small, consisting of two spikes only, almost hidden by crest. Face covered with thick muffling. Nostrils horny and large, rising above the curved line of the beak. Crest large, globular and compact. Ear lobes small and round. Beard very full, joining with the whiskers. Wattes very small to be hardly perceptible.

Neck: Moderately short, slightly arched and carried well back.

Legs and feet: Thighs sort, furnished with heavy vulture hocks to cover the joints. Shanks Short and well covered inside and out with feathers. Toes, five in number and of moderate length, completely covered with feather.

Plumage: Long, very abundant and fairly soft. Snow-white throughout



Pros: Very attractive and interesting personalities

Cons: Tend to be timid.

The Sultans that I had were very nice birds, They were a little timid with the other breeds but were friendly with humans. I would definitly like to have more of them.


Pros: Friendly, Beautiful, Cuddly, Easy going

Cons: Feather maintenance

I got my Sultan rooster as a chick, on accident, thinking he was a Polish hen.  Much to my surprise, soon after his feathers really started coming in, I realized what HE was.  I wasn't thrilled about ending up with a Rooster, but he is certainly a charmer!  Of my 7 hand raised chickens, he is by far the most loving bird I have had.  He is the first to run up to the door when I come out to visit and he LOVES to be held and loved on.  I can cradle him in my arms and carry him around while he sleeps.  He does great with the hens and has never shown anyone any aggression.


The only "con" is that since he is white, and his feet are feathered, he looks filthy all the time.  But, that being said, he is VERY tolerant of me wiping him down from time to time to clean him up.  He enjoys his occasional foot washes :lol:!


Overall, if you are looking for a PET, this breed has won me over.  I don't think they would disappoint.




Pros: Gorgeous; great foragers, very snuggly and low energy, intelligent, tolerating of confinement, good lap chicken

Cons: They attract mud and dirt and poo like a magnet: feet \ leg feathers break easily, they seem prone to disease and pests.

My sultan cockerel, Bubbles is 16 weeks old and will come when I call. he is so easy to catch that I let him free range, and I can just call him over and put him away when I am done.
If you want a lap chicken, don't look any farther. He also gets along great with flock mates and seems to tolerate confinement extremely well.


*Update 11\7\15*
Bubbles is now a fine young rooster, and started crowing one week after his half-birthday! (he turned 6 months old) and is still nice. I did have to trim his crest but he behaved very good for that. Pretty much the only thing is when I had a poultry lice outbreak along with a respiratory disease he was the only chicken that was badly affected. He did get over the respiratory issue and after a dusting with permectrin the lice are all gone. He still comes when called, and will sit, but he's a little more detached now that he figured out he is a rooster, but that was rather expected. I really want to get 2 sultan hens as well, and see how they are. another good thing, is they keep their bountiful plumage in great condition.


*Update 1/28/16*

I am still enjoying having him around, after a brief episode of agressiveness, he has settled nicely and is my favorite flock rooster.


Sultans are bred purely as an Ornamental Fowl. It is said that all Sultans can be traced back from one crate of birds, imported to England from Istanbul. Developed in Eastern Europe they became favorable in Turkey. These highly ornate white birds were a favorite of Turkish Royalty to keep in their gardens and were known as the "Sultans Fowl". They are one of the only chickens where their vaulted hocks are a signature of the breed.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceHeat
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Quiet
Breed Colors/VarietiesColor for this breed is pure White, outside the US other colors like Blue are being developed.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassOther Standard Breeds
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: V-Shaped
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: Heat

General Egg Info:

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

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Quiet

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Color for this breed is pure White, outside the US other colors like Blue are being developed.

Breed Details:

These beautiful white birds are adorned with a fluffy full Topknot, a muff and beard, vulture hocks, feathered legs and five toes. They are gentle, docile birds with sweet dispositions. They tend to be easily caught, which make them a good choice as pets for children. Care should be taken while free ranging these birds, as they are subject to predators. They are also somewhat delicate and may need some extra care to keep in cooler climates.