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  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    silver laced, golden laced and buff laced
    Breed Size:
    APA/ABA Class:
    Single Comb Clean Leg
    Sir John Saunders Sebright created this tiny ornamental bantam in the early 1800's having the intent of developing an exhibition bird with striking plumage. Nankins, Polish, Hamburg and Rosecombs are all breeds thought to play a part in the development of the Sebright. Many poultry fanciers took a liking to these tiny birds with big personality and prominent features like upright fan tails, pouty chests and large rose combs. With a rapidly growing number of breeders and admirers, The Sebright Bantam Club (a very first for chicken breed associations) was founded in 1810. This breed has maintained its popularity and remains a favorite among exhibition poultry breeders.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Comb: Rose
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. mjett5578
    Pros - GORGEOUS!!!! Pretty good mothers, and okay layers
    Cons - extremely flighty, the only way I can touch one of my hens is when they're broody
    I had one of my hens hatch out her own chicks, and she's been a really good mother so far. I tried to get my other hen to adopt chicks, but she didn't accept them. She's still broody, and is putting up a fight to stay that way. I'm not sure why people say Sebrights aren't broody, because 2/2 of my hens went broodyo_O
  2. Abby32922
    "Awesome Breed!!!"
    Pros - Pretty, great personalities
    Cons - Little jumpy, hard to determine sex, hard to hatch
    I got some golden sebrights from Purely Poultry for my 4-H project and I [​IMG]LOVE [​IMG]them! They are a bit jumpy and don't like to be caught, but once calmed down they will happily sit in the palm of your hand while you read. It is hard to determine their sex when they are young, but once they start getting their combs it gets easier. ;) So all in all, sebrights are a great breed for showmans and farmers. :yiipchick
  3. Duckee
    "If it looks like a chicken.....but it doesn't!"
    Pros - Showy, tiny
    Cons - rooster is aggressive, hen is skiddish
    I got a golden male and female day olds along with other bantam day olds. They are gorgeous for sure! I gave the rooster away at 12 weeks. He was very aggressive with the other bantams and any human that got too near him or her. He would hesitantly eat from my hand, but would bite me hard at the same time. He got my face a couple times too! He would not let anyone or other bantams around the female at all. Now that he is gone, the female is doing better with the other bantams, but still very skiddish and untouchable to humans. Hopefully she will lighten up over time. I got a female silver sebright to replace him. She is same age as my others. She is nicer, calmer, will eat from my hand gently, but is not too keen to being held or touched either. They have a loud high pitch screech, but they aren't very noisy/talkative....yet. Does an intermittent screech for as long as I hold them ( when I can catch them). Of the two, my personal preference is the silver. Although I probably wouldn't get either one again. Hopefully adulthood will calm them down and change my view. My daughter got 2 female goldens the same day and from the same batch as mine. She has rehomed both of hers due to their undesirable disposition towards her and the rest of the flock as well. Maybe we just got from a bad batch...

User Comments

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  1. 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.
  2. The Konnerator
    i just got a seabright its realy pretty and your right it is jumpy and hard to hatch
  3. justplainbatty
    I had a golden sebright roo that was a doll! I have two golden sebrights in the brooder now!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. lightchick
    I heard that their kinda crazy.
  10. TJChickens
    In all fairness, these were first time moms. Maybe they will get better! They are darling towards people.

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