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Golden Sebright Bantams 

Hello,  

A few days ago I received my first Backyard Poultry issue. I really like it since I raise Bantams! I have been raising Bantams since 2017, and I am thinking about raising Golden Sebright Bantams. But first I’d like to know more about that breed: Do they get broody and hatch eggs like my other Bantams used to? And also, are there other sizes of the Golden Sebright?  

John Yoder, Freedom, New York 

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Sebrights seldom go broody. Don’t count on them to hatch your other eggs like a cochin or silkie. Sebrights are a true bantam meaning they only come in petite. They are docile and beautiful and you should definitely add a few to your bantam flock! 

Here is my article on them:  

Kenny Coogan, Backyard Poultry Contributor 

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Sebrights are a great bird. They are a true bantam with no standard counterpart. The males are hen feathered, one of the few breeds where males don’t show sharp sickle, hackle, or saddle feathers. Sebrights don’t brood often, so incubation is preferable. 

Jeremy Chartier, Backyard Poultry Contributor 

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I don’t own Sebrights, but I did hear about them during a course at an agricultural college in the UK. The instructor warned that they are not a beginners’ breed: often flighty, difficult to breed (low egg production/low fertility/high chick mortality), and that they are an exhibition breed rather than a utility one. They are only available as bantams: there are no larger sizes. I have read that they don’t readily go broody. There is probably enough information there for me to answer your reader, but it is theoretical, rather than from my own personal experience.  

Tamsin Cooper, Backyard Poultry Contributor 

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