1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Sicilian Buttercup

Average User Rating:
3.6087/5,
  • 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 confinementwell
    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
    The Sicilian Buttercup is a member of the Mediterranean class. It was imported from the island of Sicily in 1892 and is considered to be a very rare breed.

    Because of its beauty and rich coloring, it has attracted much interest in America, especially as an exhibition bird. The red cup-shaped comb is a unique feature in the poultry world and is the reason behind the descriptive name.
  • 2ef7eb88_DSCN5430.jpeg dc574280_sicilian_buttercup-28300-901950.jpeg 611b2cdf_sicilian_buttercup-28300-477683.jpeg 4220ab67_sicilian_buttercup-28300-101928.jpeg 65d3878d_sicilian_buttercup-28300-592684.jpeg c4963b79_chickensinthefort005.jpeg f70481a7_DSCN6177.jpeg 30570b0d_113NIKON162.jpeg f01fc9f9_IMG_7072.jpeg 67372049_IMG_7094.jpeg

  • 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.

    [​IMG]

    Rooster
    [​IMG]

    Hen
    [​IMG]

    Egg
    [​IMG]

    Chick
    [​IMG]

    Adolescent
    [​IMG]

Recent User Reviews

  1. 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
  2. Hishigata
    4/5,
    "Fast and Furtive"
    Pros - distinctive plumage, good forager, heat tolerant
    Cons - escape artist
    My Sicilian Buttercup, Piquin, is a consistent layer of small creamy eggs, about 3-4 a week. Her plumage is a gorgeous coppery gold with distinctive leopard-like spots; a double comb and high tail carriage really make her stand out, despite her diminutive size. Sicilian Buttercups are quite small and lean with a very erect stance. Summers are regularly 100+ but the Sicilian Buttercup's Mediterranean heritage helps her cope; I suspect it might also be a liability in a colder climate.

    Piquin has been an independent hen from a young age and is a bit anti-social within the flock. She frequently wanders off to hunt grubs on her own and as an excellent flier would often escape the backyard, easily sailing over a 6 foot fence. She managed to escape any predator that came after her, but eventually I had to clip her flight feathers to keep her in the yard. She is friendly and curious but does not like to be handled. She is much smaller than my other girls but manages to hold her own in a conflict.

    I recommend this breed for its distinctive look and excellence heat tolerance. Sicilian Buttercups are active, curious, and independent but not good for people seeking docile heavy production birds.



    [​IMG]

    Curious Piquin watching the camera.


    [​IMG]

    Checking the fence for vulnerabilities, clever girl!
    Overall:
    4
    Purchase Date:
    2016-02-15
  3. Alexandra33
    5/5,
    "She's an absolute babydoll!"
    Pros - Affectionate, friendly, inquisitive, quirky, smart, good at evading predators, beautiful, excellent flyer, and quiet.
    Cons - None!
    At long last, I'm able to give my Cookie her 5-star rating since she just laid her first egg today! I've waited 7 long months for this, so prepare yourself for a long, babbling statement about just how much I adore this breed. I'm IN LOVE with my precious little girl who is comparable to Alex in almost every way possible. I bought Cookie from Meyer Hatchery as an extra, preparing myself in advance for a stunning bird who would be extremely flighty, simply to prevent any future disappointment. Boy, was I ever given a surprise! She has, since chickhood, been friendly and docile as all get out. Plus, she flies up on my arm and makes her opinions known in a crackly voice just like my other sweetie pie, Alex. You could essentially say that I got two of my favorite chicken! Since we live in a colder northern climate, I've had to rub that lovely buttercup comb with Vaseline to prevent frostbite, and never once has she struggled. You could probably do almost anything to her, and she wouldn't ONCE think of putting up a fight. Most likely due to a back injury as a chick that left her with a slight hump, her growth was impeded slightly, leaving her at close to 3 lbs. Her biggest accomplishment was flying on top of our coop, which I would calculate to be about 9 ft. tall. One last cool Cookie fact: she's growing spurs, and is the only pullet in our decently large flock to do so.
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    Cookie's actually a spoiled brat who flies up on the food storage can because she KNOWS that she can wheedle a bit of hand-fed food from me! Here, though, I was pampering her during her first laying experience by providing some...well....bedside service? [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    You've got to love those pleading, irresistible dark eyes!
    [​IMG]
    See the beginnings of spurs?

    -Alex
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

To post comments, simply sign up and become a member!
  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!
  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!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by