Thursday, December 23, 2010
An ornamental breed from Turkey
Classification: Light, rare
Size: Large fowl and bantam
Egg colour: White
Temperament: Placid, relatively easily tamed
A truly ornamental breed descended from a group of birds imported by Elizabeth Watts in 1854, the Sultan is not particularly popular but does have a dedicated following. The breed standard lists a crest, beard, vulture hocks, feathered legs, five toes and white plumage as attributes – features that in many other breeds would be classed as faults. Placid and good-natured birds, they should be provided with an enclosed and sheltered run, with specialist drinkers to prevent the beard becoming soiled. The only recognised colour is white.