About Sicilian Buttercup Chickens
Buttercup, or just Sicilian, chickens are a very ancient Italian breed. They
are very common in Sicily. It’s probably the result of the ancient crossbreeding
between Sicilian chickens and chickens coming from North Africa. Nowadays the
Siciliana is in the process of recovery.
The cock starts to show sexual instinct at 40 days, the hen starts laying at 5
months. The eggs have white shell.
well developed muscles (thighs and breast), round and well shaped: this breed
is a good producer of meat in spite of the small size (tasty meat).
Good layer, with
good rusticity but not suitable in cold regions.
The Siciliana has
a stray nature, but it doesn’t fly a lot. If reared free on wide superficies,
it’s able to find a big part of daily diet. The eggs are white with a typical
oblong shape. Minimum weight of 45g, the shell can be from white to cream.
Proud aspect, strong and rustic, rarely susceptible to common diseases of
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