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Friday, August 16, 2013
The Sultan is a breed of chicken originating in Turkey. They have always been primarily ornamental, having been kept in the gardens of Ottoman sultanate. In the West they are bred for competitive showing, and are generally a rare sight. Sultans have a great deal of decorative plumage, including large, puffy crests, beards, long tails, and profuse foot feathering. Their small, V-shaped combs are almost entirely hidden under feathering. Sultans are also one of a minority of breeds to have five toes on each foot. Hens lay small white eggs at a slow rate, and do not generally go broody. In temperament, Sultans are quite docile, friendly chickens, and are content at being kept in confinement.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Appenzeller Spithauben is the national breed of Switzerland, noted for its very unusual forward-pointing crest and v-shaped comb. These birds are well-adapted to life in the mountains, are excellent climbers and love to roost in trees. They are fair layers of white eggs and are good at foraging. They have a sweet, friendly temperament and love to interact with people. Their stunning plumage and unusual crest make them popular among chicken enthusiasts the world over, although it is very rare in North America.