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Sicilian Buttercup

Average User Rating:
3.68/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Buttercup
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    Heat
    Egg Productivity:
    Low
    Egg Size:
    Small
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Wild/restless, Not bear confinement well
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Males are a rich orange red with black spangles in their feathers and a lustrous black tail with beetle-green highlights. Base color for females is deep gold or amber with all feathers accented by black spangles. Shanks and toes are olive or yellowish green.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
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    The Sicilian Buttercup, aka Flowerbird we know originated from the island of Sicily. The exact makeup of the breed is lost in time, but it is thought that it descends from the Siciliana breed native to Sicily, which was developed when local birds were interbred with North African birds. Similar chickens are seen in 16th-century paintings found in Rome, Paris and the Vatican.

    The Buttercup is easily recognisable due to its unique comb and attractive color pattern. The Buttercup has two single combs which merge at the front and back giving it the appearance of wearing a crown. It comes in only one color/pattern, the roosters are a reddish gold with black tail and the hens a goldish buff in color, with the hens also marked with regular black spangles. It is quite heat tolerant, very active and a good forager. While it is often flighty when young, it is a social bird and adults are usually quite people friendly. They are very good flyers. The combs are susceptible to frostbite, especially the larger combs on the males. The hens are Fair to Good layers of medium sized eggs and are non broody.

    It was imported into the US as early as 1835, the first well documented import was in 1860 when C. Carroll Loring of Dedham, Massachusetts, who bred and promoted them for over fifty years, received birds from a Captain Dawes. Captain Dawes had taken some chickens for meat on an ocean voyage, he kept some of the better laying ones which he gave to his neighbor Mr Loring. It is known that all current birds also descend from a shipment that arrived in 1892. It was quickly popular as a laying hen and as an exhibition bird and the first breeders club in the US had 600 members by 1914, it was added to the APA in 1918. Its popularity was rather short lived as it was not competitive with the commercial leghorn type breeds so far as egg production. The breed was also popular in England in the 1920’s but also declined in popularity with the advent of the commercial laying breeds.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1918.
    It is on The Livestock Conservancy's Watch / Threatened list.

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    Sicillian Buttercup chick

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    Sicillian Buttercup juvenile

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    Sicillian Buttercup hen

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    Sicillian Buttercup 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-sicillian-buttercup.1137582/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb: Buttercup
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: Heat

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

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Wild / restless,Not bear confinement well

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Males are a rich orange red with black spangles in their feathers and a lustrous black tail with beetle-green highlights. Base color for females is deep gold or amber with all feathers accented by black spangles. Shanks and toes are olive or yellowish green.
    Breed Details:
    Buttercups are alert and very active and make great foragers or free-range birds. They typically reach 4 or 5 pounds in size, lay a small white egg, and have a low to fair rate of egg production. Care must be taken to protect Buttercups from extreme cold and below-freezing temperatures, but on the flip side - they are very heat tolerant. Chicks mature early, and you might hear your cocks grow as soon as 2 months. Often mislabeled as timid birds, the males especially can be quite friendly and curious if raised from a chick, and will eat from your hand, or even hop on your lap to check for treats.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. PrettySpeckleds
    4/5,
    "Funny Eggs"
    Pros - Lays regularly, large eggs
    We adopted an adult SB this past summer. She is a good egg layer, although her eggs are super long and slimmer than most. They look like a bullet! She is not a cuddley chicken, nor is she aggressive towards humans. I have caught her pulling feathers from her "sister's" tail and eating it but I believe this is a habit she learned in her previous coop from lack of nutrition. If you want an egg layer this is a good breed. If you want a pet, look elsewhere.
  2. mangobees
    5/5,
    "Active, fun, and have big personalities."
    Pros - Not skiddish, mine loves to jump on my lap
    Very good fliers
    Good foragers
    Beautiful feathers
    Cons - Mine has a very odd, honking voice (does anyone else experience this?) its not an annoying sound, but its sort of weird
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  3. CascadiaRiver
    3/5,
    "Not a Beginner Breed, Wouldn't Get Another."
    Pros - Best bird I've Ever Owned
    Cons - She was One-Of-A-Kind
    Our Sofia was a one of a kind buttercup, I could go on and tell you about how wonderful she was and how devastated we are that we lost her, but I would hate to get a little speck of hope in your mind that you could get one like Sofia... 2 other people that liked Sofia went and got a buttercup of their own and they ended up getting rid of them they were so bad. They're usually flighty, skittish, unfriendly, don't do goo in confinement, very solitary and bossy to the point of aggression. If you want one of these, You'd need some serious land, a few acres that they free range.
    Overall:
    3

User Comments

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  1. Greg Mann
    She's a cutie.
    Thanks for the review,
    Greg
  2. LGKChickens
    I have a Sicillian Buttercup named Spotla by my 4 year old. She is a very smart bird and a hero. She alerted me to a hawk that had one of my RSL. Thanks to her, I was able to save my Red who had only minor injuries and made a full recovery. If Spotla didn't come peck at the door, I would have never known!
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  3. CherMoz
    I had three Sicilian Buttercups, two hens and a rooster. I loved them all. One hen was taken by an owl and the other two by a fox. Very sad days when that happened.
  4. hellbender
    That should be pretty much the extent of spur growth. Not all that uncommon for some hens to have them...even some that are much longer and sharp. Very pretty bird!
  5. Violetsrblu
    She is lovely, I'm glad she turned out to have a great personality. I like her name too.
  6. Ballerina Bird
    What a beautiful chicken! Very cute name, too.
  7. BantyChooks
    Aww, cookie is adorable!
  8. CherriesBrood
    Where did you get her? I'd like to get some maybe this summer! Very beautiful bird!
    I already have 17 chicks coming March 1-3 so I would have to wait until those are all grown up to get some more, but I just love her breed!
  9. applebutter14
    she looks and sounds very awesome!
  10. otakalhasas
    How beautiful!!!!! How large are their eggs? What color(s)? Where did you all get them? Thanks!

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