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: Stunning, easy to train (ex; come when called), laying a good sized egg a day

Cons: Flighty, not cuddly

My personally owned hen, Kevin, (after the bird from 'Up'), was rescued from a bad situation, so perhaps that made her more flighty, but she is very shy about being held. She will come when called, and loves to follow and stay around people. She lays one egg a day in the same place. Very easy to handle! She comes in at night and is let out to free range the entire day. Very hardy little girl. Others don't mess with her, not even our English Mastiff! Her mother was very broody, but Kevin has never gone broody yet although she's still young (under two years). Hoping she'll become broody but her personality is very independent and may not be very motherly.


I love my chickens by personality, not so much by breed, so in general for the Sumatra breed, they are stunning, but I would not get more due to the fact that they are flighty. :)


Pros: Hardy, good layer, beautiful.

Cons: Flighty.

In the beginning my Black Sumatra was very flighty and would run away at the first sight of me. She would also put up a fight whenever I needed to pick her up to move her. It took about 8 months for her to finally warm up to me. Now she loves neck rubs and will come to sit on my lap and anytime I ignore her she flies up onto my shoulder to grab my attention. Even the kids can pick her up without a problem. She is the leader of my flock but she is very gentle and fair, she is not aggressive at all with her flock mates not even the little guys. She is always first to treats and being the flock leader (and my favorite) she always gets just a little more. Anyone who comes over to visit comments on how pretty she is and she loves the extra attention.


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: Wonderful, beautiful, Docile, and a super friendly!

Cons: can be jumpy at times

my sumatra's are wonderfu! i have a rooster and a hen i got in 2-7-2015 as  chicks from murray mcmurray hatchery. sumatras are my favorite breed of chicken! i love their personalities, and their very unique sounds they can make when they are calm and are talking to me, my rooster i let my brother name him, and named him shadow, and i named my hen samantha,  she started to lay about a week or to ago and she has laid 1 small white egg a day ever sense! and my rooster is sooooo pretty! his feathers shine beetle green in the sun and he looks after my hens and he is so docile, too. they follow me around the yard!   






here is a pic of them when they are chicks:



here are some pics i took a few weeks ago:









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