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Sulmtaler (Austrian Origin)

Average User Rating:
4.75/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Meat Bird
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    light brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly-calm
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    2-6
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    This amazing breed is named after the Sulm valley in the region of southern Styria (Steiermark) in southwestern Austria. Sulmtalers were developed in the 19th century to fill the need for large, heavy hens. The breeding efforts resulted in a hardy, fast-growing breed that is easy to fatten, particularly if fed maize. The Sulmtaler had become an extraordinary delicacy at the royal courts of Vienna and France by the late 19th century. In celebration of Napoleon's coronation in December 1804, there were 150 Sulmtaler capons and 50 hens ordered from the Styrian authorities. Sulmtalers are also called the “imperial” chicken.
    Today the Sulmtalers are having quite a comeback after going nearly extinct. They are classed as rare in Britain but are still plentiful in Austria and other European countries. In Austria Sulmtaler meat is considered one of the best chicken meats available and sells for upward of 35 Euro(!) per kilo.
    Finally Sulmtalers have made it to the United States! (In 2011, Arizona and Florida)
    Sulmtaler hens have rather sturdy bodies, with twisted single combs and a tuft-like crest on the back of the head. Although calm natured these birds are good flyers and will require reasonably high fencing.
    The eggs are light cream colored and rather large. Although they were originally quite good layers, some of this quality got lost during decades of non specific breeding. Sulmtalers now are an average layer with 150 to 200 eggs per year.
    The Sulmtaler is a very hardy breed. It strives in various climates. Sulmtalers are great foragers. They find their own feed and prefer the range over the coop.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Dual purpose with emphasis on excellent meat.


    Comb: Single s-shaped

    Broodiness: Not often

    Climate Tolerance: Hardy


    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: 150-200


    Egg Size: Medium

    Egg Color: Light brown


    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, reserved. Do not freak out easily.


    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Wheaten and theoretically white. Blue-wheaten and others in the works in Europe.



    Breed Details:





    Chicken Breed Photos:


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    Rooster


    Hen


    Egg



    Chick



    Adolescent


Recent User Reviews

  1. Purpletie3
    4/5,
    "Beautiful birds!"
    Pros - Quiet, active foragers, not very demanding, good layers, beautiful
    Cons - Roosters can be very large
    This is a very sweet and gentle breed. The hens lay a nice sized egg. The roosters live in a mixed flock with other roosters without any issues. I would definitely add this to my flock if I had to choose all over again![​IMG]
    Overall:
    4.5
    Purchase Price:
    29.00
    Purchase Date:
    2015-02-01
  2. Extra Java
    5/5,
    "Excellent !"
    Pros - Dual Purpose - Excellent quality table bird.
    Cons - Flighty
    Sulmtaler are very large - similar in size to a Faverolle.

    They are quiet vocally however they are a workhorse of a breed. Extremely active and always on the move - penned or not. Males get along with each other well. They are non-agressive/gentle and prefer to flock together. Mine keep their distance however, I have heard others enjoy being handled. My own theory is that they are thin/tender skinned and don't like to be pecked. Rarely are there any squabbles. Pecking order is set and that's that with Sulmtaler. They do best as free range birds preferring to find their own food but can do well penned if it's a large enough area to allow for plenty of movement. I would consider them on the quiet/gentle but "flighty" side.

    Out of 5 hens, I get 3-4 eggs everyday - still up to today (January) but I live in a desert and it has been ~75 degrees here with plenty of sunshine. Eggs are a lovely size and shape. Excellent breast/muscle development with large thighs etc. Meat is extremely tender, juicy and can be baked in the oven.

    2 studies I have found indicated:
    -Testing was implemented in 1912 on the Altsteirern strain with the result of an average of 191 eggs per hen in 12 months.
    -It was an excellent utility fowl recognized by the Styrian Government (~1907) and particularly recommended for maize/corn growing areas.
    Recorded as producing ~180 ivory/cream colored eggs per year.

    Sulmtaler are unique and an Austrian wine country favorite.
    Overall:
    5
  3. juststruttin
    5/5,
    "Beautiful, Hearty and Friendly Birds"
    Pros - I have had my birds for over a year now am very happy with them. The chicks hatch out strong and healthy. They are quietest breed I raise.
    Cons - They were somewhat slow to start laying but are now laying consistently
    I really like these birds. My birds are over a year old now, and I have been very happy with them so far. Neither of my hens have ever gone broody which is good because I sure do not need any more broodies. They also do not sing the "I just laid and egg song" which is nice. I am not sure if "quiet" is common for this breed but that has been my experience. I have hatched lots of chicks and they are always super strong and healthy. People who visit the ranch often comment that they are "cute" instead of beautiful. I think they are both. [​IMG]
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. Purpletie3
    I purchased some of Bama's eggs. I got 13 and 12 hatched on shipped eggs to Central New York in the middle of Jan! I am thrilled. Cute cute lil chicks too!
  2. Tammy N
    I have 2 hens from this Breed and they are Sweet. Gift from a friend ..............
  3. Chickielady
    Got hatching eggs yet ?????

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