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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.
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.
Sussex chickens are believed to have been first bred in Britain (in the area that was to become England) around the time of the Roman invasion of AD 43 making them one of the oldest known breeds. Originally bred as a table bird, the Sussex has since become a dual-purpose bird, working for both meat and egg production. Today they are a popular breed for exhibitions as well as a backyard breed. The breed has made a huge contribution to the poultry industry and is even an ancestor to the modern broiler.
The Sussex chicken is an alert, docile breed that can adapt to any environment, comfortable in both free range or confined spaces and in the presence of humans. The breed sometimes (but not very often) goes broody; the speckled version is most likely to do so. They are good foragers. The feathers of the Speckled variety all have a mix of mahogany and black with white tips. Sometimes the amount of white increases as the bird moults each year.
The Dorking is a breed of chicken that is believed to have originated in Italy during the period of the Roman Empire and was introduced in Britain at the time of the Roman conquest, making it one of the oldest English breeds. Both the Roman agricultural writer Columella and Pliny, the famous natural philospher, wrote of the unusual, five-toed bird. Although Caesar noted that poultry was already raised in Britain prior to his invasions in 55–54 BC, the Dorking is believed to have been introduced in Great Britain by the Romans at an early date where much of its development continued to take place.
The Dorking has a rectangular body with very short, five-toed legs. As with all single comb poultry, the comb points may require protection in extremely cold weather. Dorkings are also well known for their versatility as a breed for both egg and meat production. It is one of the few breeds with red earlobes that produces a white-shelled egg. Furthermore, the breed is very docile.
The Dorking is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have it in the lovely Silver Gray variety seen above.
The Faverolles is a French breed of chicken. The breed was developed in the 1860s in north-central France, in the vicinity of the villages of Houdan and Faverolles. The breed was given the name of the latter village and, therefore, the singular is also Faverolles, not Faverolle. Faverolles were originally bred in France as a utility fowl, used for both eggs and meat but are now primarily raised for exhibition. When Faverolles reached the UK in 1886, the breed was further altered to meet exhibition standards – British breeders developed a type of Faverolles which possessed longer, higher raised tail feathers than their German and French Cousins.
Faverolles are classified as a heavy breed and have a beard, muffs, feathered feet and five toes per foot, rather than the usual four. Faverolles are well adapted both to confinement or free range. The Faverolles was the primary breed which produced eggs for the Paris market during the early part of the century. Although primarily kept today as an ornamental and exhibition breed, it remains an excellent layer, as well as a fine meat chicken. Hens are good winter layers of medium-sized, light brown to pinkish eggs. The cocks are the quietest of all breeds and Faverolles are also known for their extreme docility. Because of their gentleness Faverolles have become a popular breed of chicken to keep as a pet, especially for children. They are also enjoying increasing popularity with people who keep small home flocks.
The Faverolles chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have it in the extremely popular and attractive Salmon variety.