Sumatra

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History

The Sumatra is a native breed from the island of Sumatra. In the 1800's they were imported to Europe for use in cock fighting. Both sexes have naturally very small wattles and combs, which was much sort after, as less damage could occur when fighting. They are now mainly kept for showing with their attractive beetle-black plumage. Both males and females have very long pheasant-like tail feathers, with the males' saddle feathers almost touching the floor. They are also available as a miniature.

Behaviour

Sumatras were originally called Sumatra Game, owing to their jungle fowl beginnings. They are described as a flighty breed and excellent flyers, so the free ranging area needs to be especially secure, preferably with a roof or netting. They can become very tame if handled regularly and can be kept in a mixed flock, provided they have a very large free range area as they can become a bit territorial. They do need a bit more attention that other breeds due to the long tail feathers. Perches should be much higher to allow space for their tails. Hens lay small cream coloured eggs, but don't lay that often. They are wonderful mothers and make excellent brooders and are sometimes used to hatch out waterfowl.

Cocks weigh around 5-6 pounds and hens 5 pounds. Miniatures - cocks 26oz and hens 22oz

Varieties

Black White, Splash, Blue.

Status

Endangered

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Black Sumatra hens -

I have had two of these hens for the last three years. They are aloof and hardy. They come to be scatter fed as they are totally free range preferring to roost extremely high up in the open hay barn rafters, rarely using the coop. One is always going broody, hiding eggs and eventually being tracked down sitting on quite a few and growling at being disturbed. Her bark is worse than her bite. Though she us particularly aggressive to the sheep who keep their distance when she’s like that. They both lay daily for a while then have a week or so off for a rest. I like them as they are not needy and not affectionate. Just go about their business quite happily, totally free range, scatter fed morning and night with layers pellets and corn at night.