Beautiful And Interesting – The Buttercup Chicken

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The buttercup chicken, also known as the Sicilian Buttercup, was developed in the 1800′s in Sicily. It is reported that one female and one male were imported to the US later in that century and today’s line remain the direct descendants of the original couple. This line of chicken is rare, beautiful and exhibition worthy, a life-long layer and a pretty good 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 propose that although it is friendly, it also a good flier, and so, enjoys its independence too much to be kept as a pet. A third group of experts believe that the Buttercup avoids human contact completely. They all agree, however, that baby chicks can be trained to enjoy interaction with humans.

Chicks seem to be limited in numbers but can be ordered online from several hatcheries. The males are reportedly the friendlier version of the breed. Experts agree that this breed does not enjoy confinement and will enjoy human company best when given lots of free range room and a warm habitat.

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.

With its stunning crown and golden plumage, the buttercup chicken is a very attractive bird, often shown in exhibitions. In 1918, the breed was admitted to the “American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection”. Usually the hen has rich golden or amber colored feathers with rows of brown spots or “spangles”. The males are normally a reddish-orange color with black “spangles” and a very dark green tail.

Hens mature early and start laying by the time they reach 5 months of age. They are not extremely productive but average approximately 2 eggs a week and lay their whole life. Some controversy exists also around the eggs’ appearance. There is claim that the eggs are always white and small. Others insist that they will have a slight hew or tint to them.

Many people might think it is odd to keep a chicken as a pet. Even the name, chicken, sounds funny and most people will chuckle at the thought. Most breeds of chicken, however, are a good choice provided they have sufficient living space and an outdoor area to walk, peck, scratch, fly and lay in the sun. They are certainly not cut out to be house pets.

Some buttercup Chickens can be very engaging and they are, as a breed, very entertaining. The odd few might be willing learn to sit in one’s lap. When hand-raised from newborn chicks, they will learn how to respond to their name, eat out of one’s hand and even allow themselves to be cuddled or stroked. Like any pet, chickens respond well to rewards of 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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