The Buttercup Chicken Is Beautiful And Interesting
- By: kor rassad
The buttercup chicken, originally bred in Sicily in the 1800's, is also known as the Sicilian Buttercup. According to records, one pair was imported to the US in the latter part of that century and today's stock flourishes as descendants of that same coupling. The breed is rare, beautiful, worthy of exhibition, a consistent layer and good to keep as a pet.
It is a good layer although the eggs are reportedly small in size and few in number. There seems to be some controversy, however, surrounding the topic of keeping the Sicilian buttercup chicken as a pet. Some experts claim it makes a good pet because it can be very friendly and curious.
Some experts state that although the Buttercup can be friendly, it prefers to be independent, is very active, and flies well. Others declare that this breed prefers to avoid human contact. All experts recommend that chicks are the best choice to start out with because they can be trained to enjoy human contact.
Current reports state that the number of baby chicks is limited but can be purchased online from several hatcheries. Owners and experts agree that males are the friendlier of the breed. For the most part, Buttercups do not like confinement but will enjoy human contact when other conditions are suitably met such as outdoor places to roam and fly in addition to a warm habitat for resting and nesting.
A warm coop will protect this bird's unique comb from frostbite and the comb is very sensitive to cold. It is specifically because of its unique crown-like shaped comb and its golden-toned feathers that the breed has acquired its name.
The stunning crown and golden feathers make the buttercup chicken quite an attractive bird and its is often displayed at exhibitions. The variety was admitted to the "American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection" in 1918. The hen's feathers are normally rich amber, or golden in color, complimented with rows of brown spots or "spangles". The males usually sport a dark green tail and their feathers orange-reddish with black "spangles".
It is stated that the hens will mature early and start laying when they are 5 months old. The hens are not very productive but will lay an average of 2 eggs per week for their entire life. Again, there seems to be some controversy amongst experts regarding the appearance of the eggs as well. Some claim that they are white and lean toward the small size. Others claim that the eggs have a tint or hew to them.
It may seem odd to think of chickens as pets. Even the name, chicken, will often elicit giggles. Given warm living quarters with adequate room and an outdoor space large enough in which to fly, peck, scratch, walk and sunbathe, any chicken will be happy to be kept as a pet. Bear in mind that buttercup chickens are certainly not the type to be kept in small, cold quarters.
Buttercup chickens are entertaining and engaging and may even learn to sit in a person's lap. Baby chicks which are hand-raised will respond to the call of their name, will allow someone to stroke them and may even eat out of someone's hand. Pet chickens will respond well when rewarded with food and positive reinforcement.
Investing in a Buttercup Chicken for show or as a pet would be fun and interesting provided they are kept in a warm, clean, living environment. It would not be a wise choice, however, to depend on this breed's eggs as a source of food given that they lay only a couple of eggs twice a week. Given a loving home, a buttercup chicken will, like any other pet, provide hours of entertainment, company and last but not least, a truly unique conversation piece.
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