Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mahen8622, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. mahen8622

    mahen8622 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    I just got a pair (suposedly lol) are they not very vocal birds? i think the "male" is 9-12 months old bu ti havent heard him crow yet. the female screams when ever shes held lol
    Are there any noticable signs of which is male and which is female.. the only thing i can tell is spur knubs on what i think is the male .

    whats the differnce between a polish and a sultan?
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2009
  2. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    Ummm who told you that? I kept bantam Sultans for a while and they were rotten. The male never stopped crowing, so we built them a coop 1/2 a mile up the hill away from the houses. He was also highly aggressive. I've never been more glad when a predator has killed my birds.

    The male will have a punky hairdo, and the female's is more rounded and symmetrical. The male's has streamers with pointed ends.

    Sultans are only recognized in white, Polish come in various different colours and patterns. Sultans have vulture hocks, I believe Polish do not.

    If you post some pics i'd be happy to help you identify them.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2009
  3. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sultans have five toes, feathered feet, and the most popular color they come in now is White. However, breeders are working on black and I've heard blue, though I haven't seen it.

    Sultans are supposed to be docile birds, generally. Our roo was the sweetest roo we every had. I loved him very much. The breed isn't good with extreme cold and we noticed when we free ranged, he wouldn't dare come out in snowy weather. He'd rather wait inside for the girls to come back at the end of each day.

    Our boy didn't have an annoying crow, but he did crow often. Crested breeds generally aren't good when held unless they know their owner well. They get spooked. [​IMG] Sultans are, for a fact, slow to mature. I'm not surprised that you haven't heard a crow yet. My boy was almost a year when he first crowed and it took him a while before that because we had higher ranking roos. When they were gone, he stepped up to the plate.

    Males will have dread-locked crest feathers. It will take him a little while to truely show the real signs of being a boy. My guy was two years old when he REALLY looked like a guy. Slow to mature, as said. Girls will have poofy, rounder crest feathers. You wll also notice the tail drooping downward in boys, staying upward in girls.

    Example pics. He was pet quality and only around 3 months or so in this pic.


    Around a year and half in this one, just a few days before he passed away. He was sickly and I have heard that Sultans generally aren't weather-hardy. He developed a respiratory infection this post fall and it crippled him. We loved him very much, but this is always something I would watch out for in the breed. Bantams are small are can fall victom to anything easily.

  4. BoiseBubba

    BoiseBubba Serama Psycho

    Feb 11, 2009
    Boise, ID
  5. pokey

    pokey Warrior Princess

    Jun 1, 2008
    i have wondered how they would do weather wise here.....most of the coldest nights maybe its in the 20's? but to tell you the truth i'd die from the cold in new york! but that is why i don't have any seramas too, we try to insulate the birds as good as possible, and a heat lamp is on in really cold weather. what is it that makes them less cold tolerant?
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    My sultans all are very sweet, good layers and like attention. My roos do not seem to crow as often as my other breeds. They have a easy going nature but can be startled if you approach with out talking to them first. If they hear my voice, they spin until they are in my direction and wait for the attention. It is a little harder free ranging them as they tend to always be underfoot or running into you, LOL. Males are just like in the Polish, Spiky for males, redder V combs and Bonnet hair for hens.
  7. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    Heres my trio but I lost my rooster but I have another on the way!
  8. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:New York does have a cold winter...mostly the teens in the prime part of the season. Now spring is slowly starting to come back and the weather isn't nearly as bad. I notice the flock tends to huddle together more and even the roos are sleeping in the nesting boxes. [​IMG] Most of our birds are not cold tolerant at all. That's why I have to keep an eye out. [​IMG] I guess this is what happens when you just order the prettiest birds and don't worry about how they'll survive. We have Japs, Polish, Silkies, and a d'Uccle. If any of them suffer at all, they would the most. I'm ordering another sultan this spring. I just love them. [​IMG]

    We have no heat for the flock in their coop, and insulation probably isn't as good as it can be. So far, no other dead birds and it has been almost two years. The Sultan was the first and only to go. I think as far as non-cold hardy birds goes, it has to do with the size and plumage the bird has. Mainly having to do with the origins and where the bird was developed. Sultans do suffer from crest freezing, although my boy never did. Another thing with crested breeds and weather. [​IMG]
  9. reallemons1

    reallemons1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2008
    Gloucester, VA
    My Sultans lay nothing but wind eggs all of the time. So far about 4 dozen of them. I think they are defective. They look healthy though.
  10. CBee

    CBee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    Asheville, NC
    Quote:Sorry to hear about your rooster, but that is one cute picture! [​IMG] It looks like the two are screaming at each other and the middle one is just like 'Keep me outta' this!'

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