Sebright

Average User Rating:
3.82353/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Rose
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Low
    Egg Size:
    Small
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, Flighty, Bears confinement well, Shy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Silver laced, golden laced and buff laced
    Breed Size:
    Bantam
    APA/ABA Class:
    Single Comb, Clean Leg
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    The Sebright is a very small, beautiful, rose-combed bantam, usually with laced feathers. They are a purely ornamental breed, very popular as pets and with hobbyists as show birds. While usually quite friendly with people, they are very active and very good flyers and need to be confined. Sebrights are a 'true' bantam, not coming in a standard sized variety.

    The Sebright is named after its creator, Sir John Saunders Sebright, who established the breed around 1810 and went on to form it’s breed club, making the Sebright the first chicken breed to have its own breed club and the only breed named after an individual.

    Breeds that went into the makeup for the Sebright are thought to include the Hamburgh, Nankin, Polish and Rosecombs. Sebrights are one of the few breeds in which the males are hen feathered, that is they do not have the long, sickle shaped saddle, neck and tail feathers. The mutation responsible for the hen feathering makes them difficult to breed. They come in a variety of colors with the two most popular colors being Gold and Silver Laced.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1874.

    It is on The Livestock Conservancy's Watch list.

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    Sebright chicks

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    Sebright juveniles

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    Sebright hen

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    Sebright rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-sebright.1016745/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb: Rose
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

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

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    silver laced, golden laced and buff laced
    Breed Details:
    The Sebright males are "hen-feathered". This means that the roos don't have sickle feathers but rather smooth, hen-like feathers heading down the back toward the tail. Though beautiful and intriguing, the Sebright can be difficult to raise. They tend to be flighty, the hens don't lay many eggs and rarely brood, and the chicks have a higher mortality rate. Despite these downfalls, Sebright breeders are extremely passionate for them keeping substantial numbers turning out for the poultry shows. Backyard flock owners also enjoy having a few peck around the yard. They are fun to watch and make quite an impression. I'd say their popularity is here to stay. Thanks to PurpleFrog, Year of the Rooster and LittleChickenRacingTeam for their beautiful photos.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Compost King
    5/5,
    "They eat so little"
    Pros - They eat very little feed and will forage for days before hitting the feeder
    Cons - Not prolific layers but mine laid better than I expected and the eggs are decent sized for the size of the bird.
    Very attractive birds, very friendly too, pet quality friendly. They lay close to every other day, sometimes 2 days in a row. Rarely were mine at the feeders. The one I currently have will scratch out her pen before she goes to the feeder, and since I constantly add leaves, grass clippings, hay, straw everyday, I never see her at the feeder even when confined. She is sharing a pen with one D'uccle currently and the sea bright complete out lays the D'uccle. They tend to be do better free ranging and never leave the yard even though they are more than capable of flying out, or even walking under the Holly hedges. They will lay eggs in hiding spots when free ranging.
  2. Faverolle Lover
    5/5,
    "Love my little Jewel!"
    Pros - Intelligent, Affectionate, Loves Attention, Comes when Called, and is comfortable with Showmanship.
    Cons - She get's a little loud if I leave her alone for too long, also a bit skittish when frightened.
    I have two sebrights now and they are definitely my favorite breed. Jewel, my favorite of the two, will come to the gate whenever she she's me and will come running if I say her name or are carrying some bread of any kind (she hates meal-worms but loves bread, whats with that?). She will get a little skittish if I scare her and has gone a little crazy when under extreme stress (in a hot, crowded building during fair week, for example), and she can fly really far (over 30 ft away from me at one point) but I raised her in a short cage and so she doesn't seem to know that she can fly that well. She's only an escape-artist if she sees me with bread. She absolutely loves to snuggle or just follow me around. She is also a part-time house chicken which can get pretty exciting at times (if she sees the cat). She also does not like being left alone and she will let out long screeches if she cannot see me or another chicken. But other than that she is my favorite of any chicken I have ever raised and she's defiantly not going to be the last sebright I ever own. The other one I didn't spend much time with as a chick and she's a bit more wild but she will let me hold her and can be as affectionate if I calm her down a bit before holding her.
  3. Ebarnes-21
    2/5,
    "SO Wild!"
    Pros - Laid well
    Hardy
    Independent
    Cons - Flighty, wild
    Virtually impossible to contain
    Attacked other chickens
    I had five sebrights.

    They were so wild and flighty I couldn't contain them, they could fly over 9 foot high trees, never mind fences!

    They attacked other hens, quite viciously ... but they loved the roosters.

    They did forage for their own food so well they cost almost nothing to keep. They laid quite well. Tiny eggs, but pretty good proportionally to the bird.

    They did occasionally go broody, and were staunch defenders of their nests. I wore leather gloves. However, they were so nervous they would often leave the nest for too long at a time and let the eggs cool.

    In the end I relocated them to the forest edge back of my farm, where they live the wild jungle fowl life and leave me and my nice tame chickens alone. They're happy there, and even hatched chicks.
    Korte38 likes this.

User Comments

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  1. Brandon W

    Alright, it’s been a little while, here are my two show stoppers. Spirit on the left and Sprite on the right. These two Goldie’s are well on their way to a happy, healthy, albeit spoiled, life. I’ve upped their protein to 20% from 18%. They seem to enjoy the food more. About this age I will run chicks through a course of probiotics once ever 4 bottles of water. (Theses two drink from a hampster watered about 8 ounces) it takes them about 2 days to drink all that water. It’s time for probiotics, as I start introducing finally diced foods, and chick grit. Typically I would not be doing this until the birds were 4 weeks, but since Spirit is two weeks younger, and they are being raised to be people pets, no momma hen here. Love them to pieces.
  2. Brandon W
  3. adrikeen
    I have 2 hens and had 2 roosters (had to give up the roosters due to neighbors). All of them, including the roosters, were awesome. The roosters were a bit flighty but "knew" me and would always position themselves where they could see the girls and myself. The hens are great, they will hop up on your leg and sit (if you are seated) or will hop up on a roost to greet you.
  4. The Konnerator
    i just got a seabright its realy pretty and your right it is jumpy and hard to hatch
  5. justplainbatty
    I had a golden sebright roo that was a doll! I have two golden sebrights in the brooder now!
  6. uzisuzuki
    I missed this comment - I'm so sorry!

    Well, they live in a subdivision that's surrounded by actual farms. When we couldn't find anyone that would claim him in the subdivision, we went further out to the farms. I tried the best I could because I know that I'd want someone to try to find me if I lost one of my dogs (or chickens now). They definitely have hops though, that's for sure! Odysseus has taken to rocketing himself from the ground to my shoulder in a single bound! I'm only 5' but I still thought that was pretty impressive for such a little guy. LOL I am very glad he found me & that he was my introduction to chickens. He's got so much attitude for a little guy, kinda reminds me of me!
  7. jtn42248
    There is a pretty good chance that he flew in from further away then you might think. They can be very flighty. I have four Sebrights (4 roos 4 hens...5 are Golden 3 are Silver). They are still in brooder pens inside and one of the things I like most and that is funny is the 4 roos all trying to crow in the a.m. I am almost finished with a pen for them that is covered and has two trees so that they can fly and perch to their hearts content. I love my Sebrights despite all their alleged shortcomings.
  8. chippysmom327
    @TheRed, She's half RIR. RIR hens can be mean. I know my hen has a mean streak. My new roo tried to mate with her this morning and it turned into a fight.

    @Turk Raphael, He went to my cousin's neighbor's farm. He's an old farmer who is willing to put up with his cockerel shenanigans. He also went to a home with all RIR hens who never saw a rooster, so they all squatted as soon as he danced for them. He was in heaven. Maybe he mellowed out. I dropped him off in February and haven't been back although I plan to visit before summer's over.
  9. Cluckywucky
    Our Sebrights, chase off rabbits, pigeons, doves and even tried to stand up the large crows/rook birds that appear in our garden from time to time. The rooster is certainly not afraid of our two dogs so I am sure he would attack any vermin that tried it on.
  10. Turk Raphael
    A lot of young males aren't very good with the girls. He might be better now..if you haven't eliminated him.

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