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Sebright Bantam

History

The Sebright Bantam is a British breed of bird. A chap called Sir John Sebright developed the bird during the early 1800\’s. They are a cross between a common bantam and a polish fowl. By 1874 the breed was divided into separate breeds, the Golden Laced and Silver Laced Sebrights and the following year the names were changed to Golden and Silver Sebrights. By 1899 The Sebright became one breed with two varieties, Golden and Silver with the shape and colour defined separately. Through the early 1900s the breed was continually developed with refinements to the shape, size and colour, until by 1952 the breed became established into the standard that is recognised today

Behaviour

They are difficult birds to raise and therefore are not suitable for the beginner. The adults are hardy and active and like to free range. If there are trees around them they do like to roost in them. They do not lay many eggs but the ones they do are small and white. Sebrights are very upright birds that like to strut around.

Varieties

There are now two recognised varieties, Golden and Silver. The golden colour is often described as rich and deep, while the silver is actually white. The Sebright is famous for the quality of the lacing in its feathers. Each feather is edged with black, making the ground colour appear brighter and more striking. It is a true bantam having no larger counterpart in poultry breeds.

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