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    The Sumatra breed of chicken may not be able to provide you a meal - meat and egg - considering that they're not productive layers. However, Sumatra chickens are one of the prized show birds thanks to its unique-colored face and fancy tails. Also a distinct feature of the breed is the multiple spurs that males generally have, sometimes as many as three spurs per leg.

    One of the oldest breeds and originating from the island of Sumatra, these chickens were first introduced to the United States and Europe in1847 as a game cock. Today, however, the breed is raised primarily for exhibition. The American Standard of Perfection officially recognized the breed in 1883.

    The most notable feature a Sumatra chicken possesses is its feathers. Strong, long tails at an almost horizontal carriage which is why they don't get drag around the dirt when they walk. Other physical characteristics includes a comb with three low ridges, very small wattle, and a purple- colored attribute on its face, called the gypsy. In average, a male Sumatra weighs around 4 to 5 pounds, while the female weighs around 3 1/2 and 4 pounds. The Sumatra hens are poor layers - 100 white eggs a year.

Recent Reviews

  1. Chloe88
    "Great breed!"
    Pros - Very intelligent, attractive
    Cons - flighty
    I have Bantam Sumatras. They are quite smart. The hen lays about three eggs a week, which is actually pretty good for a bantam. The roosters tend to be a bit flighty, but quite attached to their females.

    The rooster's tail does get muddy easily, but I wash mine about every two-three weeks, and that keeps it in good condition.

    Love this breed!


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