I ditto this! My two Sumatra/mixes are very sweet with the girls (at least the older one is; younger one hasn't hit that stage yet). Super pretty. Matter of fact, he's so pretty, the other roosters don't know what to do with him and occasionally try to show off for him
By the way, @SallyinIndiana , do you know what your birchen and blue birchen Sumatra boys are mixed with? I'm thinking the gold birchen single comb mix might be BSL/Sumatra (he has the gold-laced neck and brilliant fiery eyes), but only time will tell.
It could be anything. There was one day that 2 sumatra hens broke out of their pen and free ranged with the backup roosters and young roosters. It was so the last setting of eggs so I was not planning to set the sumatras but then I had room and thought why not.
But the dark sumatras with the gold necks can come from 2 solid sumatras a solid black and a solid blue. My first sumatra rooster looked very similar to the sumatras you are describing. I thought he was a mutt at the time until I started getting several of the black and gold splash sumatras even from the pure sumatra eggs. The black and gold coloring has always turned out to be a rooster here. The white splash sumatras are almost always roosters but I did get 7 white splash hens this year.
I'll miss breading the sumatras. They grow up into a nice sized chicken but start off smaller than my other breeds and of course smaller on day one means so much cuter.
I usually don't take interest in white layers. DH asked me why and I realized I don't have an answer! I have a few leghorn, thats it. Guess its because my Gramma (dads side) insisted brown eggs were healthier, and the birds are so much nicer, lol. I am so interested in Sumatra I guess I will have more white eggs, LOL
My sumatra don't lay a true white egg, it is a light tan. Sorry to dash your hopes. An EE that lays a pink egg might be closer to a white egg layer.
Now the sumatra that I'm asking you to send with Sue it lays the lightest of all of the sumatra eggs. But it is an entirely different line of sumatra. Its from Stonykill eggs.