Pros: Friendly

Cons: they don't like being confined

I was given 5 chicks and ended up with 3 roos and possibly 2 hens.   I didn't spend a lot of time with the chicks, yet they are friendly and allow petting (when contained).  I don't think they're flighty as much as they are very much jungle fowl.  They like to roam and hunt for food, yet still come running when they know I have treats.  I've really enjoyed having them.  Once I narrow down the roo I want to keep I will be re homing the others.   I hope to raise a small flock.    They are territorial and make sure that the other chickens stay in their own fenced yards, though they have yet to hurt any of the other birds.  


The feathers are very colorful in the sunlight, despite being black.  beautiful birds.


The only thing I don't care for about the birds is that they won't stay in their yard and they dig up my flower beds.  If you wish to keep them contained, you must have a covered run and give them plenty of room.


Pros: Beautiful, can fly from predators, nice when tame

Cons: VERY flighty

These birds are born fliers. If not kept in a roofed pen, they will escape. Not all roosters are mean, but mine pecks particularly hard. They are unique in that the roosters have multiple spurs, but none are super sharp. These are some of the most beautiful birds in chickendom. (along with cochins ;)) They aren't the best layers, with small eggs that come about four times a week. I would not recommend to the novice.


Pros: Plumage, temperament, lovely to look at

Cons: none

I got 5 blue Sumatra chicks this past May and they have been wonderful. Out of my 15 chickens they were always the friendliest and now at 7 months old greet me everytime I go to the coop. They are wonderful birds that love attention and I even have two roosters that will jump in my lap to be pet. I disagree with them being flighty or aggressive towards other breeds. My sumatras get along well with my salmon faverolles and GLWs and love to be around people. My roosters are gentle and love their hens, all in all if they are hand-raised they are amazing birds!!


Pros: Adaptable, Cold Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Good Layers

Cons: Agressive, Broody

I've raised Sumatras for several years. They are some of the most unique chickens I've raised. They are a lot of fun and very energetic birds. They can sometimes be aggressive especially toward new birds. The females were originally imported from the island of Sumatra in Indonesia for the purpose of crossing to other breeds to infuse aggressiveness for fighting birds. They are extremely adaptable and have no problems with the Michigan winters or the summers. (-20 to 100). They like free-range but if caged make sure they have room to run and roost. 


Pros: beutiful,rare, sell for good money they have nice personalities over all nice bird.

Cons: feathers come out easy and cocks tail feathers can get stepped on and look ragedy.

Wonderful birds I got a pair for breeding and these birds are just wonderful. They look real nice if kept clean and the cocks have long sickle feathers. But hens in the breeding pen with the cocks can step on there sickle feathers and make them look ragedy. Also there feathers come out a little easier than most birds so dont try and grab them. Also when buying adult birds it will take some time for them to become tame for you because Sumatras are a little flighty. white O-Shamo stag.jpg


Pros: Pretty, Brave, Sweet

Cons: Bad in cold weather

 I got a Sumatra rooster a few years ago. He was the most handsomest and bravest rooster ever. Once a hawk swooped down to get his hens and he fought off the hawk talon to talon until it flew away. He never tried to chase me and he was always gentle with the girls. He chased off the other rooster sometimes, but that's normal. They didn't get in any major bloody fights or anything. He died protecting his flock from the dogs that attacked and he did save his favorite hen.


I then purchased three Sumatra chicks. I had them in with the other chicks I bought and they didn't do as well. So I'd reccomend keeping them with bantams. I did that and the remaning chick grew until she was laying age. I don't reccomend them for cold weather climates. I live in MN and even though I had the heat lamp on in the coop she got really cold and passed away sadly. She was very sweet and ever since she was a chick she would perch on your arm. She didn't mind behing held.


I highly reccomend this breed to anyone! If I didn't live in MN I would definatley raise a flock of these!


Pros: Unique, Conserves food, Big eggs

Cons: Dislikes confinement, Hard to catch

I have a Sumatra named Raven I got from Meyer. I think they are cool birds and would defiantly get another. I did hear roosters can't be kept together though.


Pros: Fly well, even as a baby. Beautiful.

Cons: Bad if you do not free range, because they hate confinement. They WILL find a way out.

I have raised some from chicks a few times. Even as little babies, they could fly all around after flies. They are gorgeous, and the boys definitely act like a rooster.


Pros: Has the temperment of a sweet lap cat, Her feathers are lovely, very protective of chicks, good forager, holds her own with fill sized birds

Cons: 32 weeks & still no eggs, flightly if the wind blows the wrong way, Can still jump the fence with cilped wings

I got watson with as package deal on CL with a horrible rooster that i can't seem to be able to get rid of. She reminds me of a lap cat most of the time she will let me pet her if that **** rooster doesn't go for my face She is completely beautiful in the sunlight her feathers are black but in the light they look like a deep green or blue. She has come to aid of both chicks and other chickens that where getting picked on by hellion more then once.

Now for the cons


watson has a perminate home here but i have no idea how to keep her in the yard when i let them out to forage i want her to be able to forage outside with no cages etc with the other birds but i have tried staying in the yard when they forage i have tried clipping one then both of her flight feathers on her wings but i still have to jump the fence every time to get her back in my yard. Her temperament is rare even for most birds in general in the coop but the second that coop door opens she turns into a scared cat if a duck happens to quack in the wrong tone she lets off the "hawk squawk" as my grams would call it sending all the chickens for the coop and her flying over the fence.

and now my main pet peeve she is around 32 weeks old and no eggs she has been swatting and letting the roosters mount her for almost a month and not one egg.


The Black Sumatra is a rare and beautiful Asian long tail chicken with rich lustrous beetle green plumage. It originally was inported from Sumatra for cockfighting, but is now exclusively an ornamental fowl. The Black Sumatra was admitted to the APA Standard in 1883. The Sumatra has a personality closer to that of a wild game bird than a domestic chicken. The male has a graceful carriage and lustrous greenish black feathers. The cock should have a long sweeping tail, with an abundance of long sweeping sickles and coverts, carried horizontally (females tail carriage 15 degrees above horizontal). Multiple spurs on males are desired as well as practically no wattle development. Comb and wattles are expected to be a gypsy (purplish-black) color, while their skin is yellow. Shanks should be black with the bottom of the feet being yellow. They are fair layers of medium size white or light tint egg.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Wild / restless,Flighty
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack is the only color admitted into the standard but other colors are available.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Pea
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Wild / restless,Flighty

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Black and Blue are the standard colors but other colors are available.

Breed Details:


If you are interested in getting into long tail chickens I think the Sumatra is a good choice because they are relatively easy keepers. Sumatras are beautiful chickens with their flowing tails. They have a call that can be almost jungle like. They have a cantankerous personality. The more space you can give your Sumatra the happier he will be. They do not like close confinement. They prefer to roost as high as they can get.

Four week old chicks will fly 6 feet high. If you do not want to be out in the dark with flashlight and ladder getting your chickens out of a tree please do not free range your Sumatras until they have learned that home is the coop. In my experience hens do not go broody until second year but then were frequent broodies. Both hen and rooster are doting parents and fierce in protecting their young. Following is some information from the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection:

Standard Weights:

  • Cock 5 pounds
  • Cockerel 4 pounds
  • Hen 4 pounds
  • Pullet 3 ½ pounds

According to the standard colors for both males and females:

  • Comb, face, wattles and earlobes: Gypsy color
  • Beak: Black
  • Eyes: Dark Brown
  • Shanks and Toes: Black to dark willow, black preferred. Bottom of feet: yellow
  • Plumage: Very lustrous, greenish black throughout
  • Undercolor of all sections: Dull black


  • White earlobes
  • Some white in feathers (for specifics see APA standard of Perfection)
  • No spurs of any kind on males