Sicilian Buttercup Chickens
Breed Club SecretaryRare Poultry Society
Alexandra Cottage, 8 St Thomas's Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire,
HistoryThe Sicilian Buttercup, probably did not originate in Sicily but in the Italian colony of Tripoli. There was possibly a crossing between the native north African breeds poissibly the Fayoumi or similarly marked birds and Italian breeds. Some also suggest that the French Houdan was added. The first importation from the island of Sicily coming to America in 1835. The US Buttercup club was formed in 1912 and in 1913 Mrs Colbeck imported them into the UK.
The Buttercup owes its name to the cup-shaped comb, its most characteristic feature, and the golden ground color of its plumage. The eggs for hatching were not imported into England until 1892.
ClassificationLight / Soft feather / Rare