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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 6:22 pm 
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The Sultan
Breed: Sultan
Origin: S/E Europe
Colours: White.
Status: Rare
Eggs:White,laying around 70eggs per year....not know for their mothering ability & rarely going broody!
Comment: Sultans are a very unique breed of poultry.Quite rare in Australia coming in both standard and bantam,They are fully feathered,head to toe! Wattles and earlobes are usually hidden by facial feathering.They have feathered legs,vulture hocks a full crest,muffs, beard a V comb & 5 toes on each foot.

Cost: Sultan prices vary, usually breeders starting price is around $100> due to the time & effort that has been put into recreating them.
History: Sultans were introduced to England by a Miss Elizabeth Watts of Hempstead in 1854,bought in from turkey, the breed almost becoming extinct between the two world wars,it was recreated by crossing several different breeds unfortunately this means that none of the birds of today have descended from the original birds.
Suitability: Sultans are an extremely rare breed of chicken. They are very calm, tame, non-aggressive birds and make excellent pets, but are primarily bred for exhibition. The main reason most people have this breed is for their eye catching appearance. Sultans are easily handled and suitable for small yards and gardens they are not the best foragers. Sultan chickens are not as hardy as most other breeds of chickens. Their crest feathers have a tendency to freeze when the temperatures drop below zero and they find it very hard to cope with poor weather. Sultans can fly higher than 6 feet but a simple wing clip can prevent this.
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A Sultan That Has Been Recreated In Australia:
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Crested Breeds Club of Australia


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Well done Kai, nice birds :)

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a top job kai



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He lacks good type and stance, the picture below is much better on a good sultan. You can use the picture to replace yours?

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I think you will find that Kai's birds are from a recreated line in Australia as he suggests in his post. I think both pictures are good, showing Australian examples and the ideal (which would be hard to find anywhere)

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He has a long way to go, a chap near by has top sultans, may get some pictures :?:


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kickboxer wrote:
He has a long way to go, a chap near by has top sultans, may get some pictures :?:


Does this chap have a name....

& you seem to be so knowledgeable would you mind shedding some light on the points of improvement in the above bird :)

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It would be interesting to know what was used to re-create the sultan. They are such unique birds I would have thought it have been extremely difficult with the breeds we currently have in Aus. Does anyone have any knowledge of what breeds were used? Belgians perhaps?

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By the way, I have only seen bantams in Aus. Is there any large fowl? Even the first importer of the birds(Miss Watts) into England from Turkey was disappointed with the size of the birds, being only slightly larger than booted bantams. The single standard colour(white) severely limits the possibility of introducing fresh blood. Ian Kay in his excellent book "Stairway to the Breeds" suggests using white favs.

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Houdan 5 toes,beard,crest,butterfly comb.
Belgian Duccle,beard,muffs,Hocks,feathered leg.

Faverolle would be used with the large I guess.

As for the rest of the mix im unsure.

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Not sure how to produce a white fowl from Houdans!

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Use a white Houdan.

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A white houdan! I haven't seen a white houdan since 1926. Life is full of surprises.

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They look great,I was offered a pair a few weeks back but didnt get a chance to go pick them up at the time,anyway ive put my name down for some eggs next season out of the birds I was offered so happy with that.

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here is a pic from Canberra National show. They look even better in real life :D
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