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Buttercup Chickens

Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 12:03 PM Karen Hood

The Sicilian Buttercup is a breed of domestic chicken from the island of Sicily. The breed was imported to the United States in the 19th century, and to Britain and Australia early in the 20th century. The golden color and cup-shaped comb are the basis for the very descriptive name. The males are a rich, brilliant orange red with some black spangles in the feather of the body fluff and cape feathers at the base of the hackle; with a lustrous, greenish black tail. The base color of the female is buff with all feathers on the body marked by parallel rows of black elongated spangles, giving the hen an appearance of being beautifully spotted. They are good fliers and free-ranging Buttercups will often be seen perching in elevated areas such as fencetops, haylofts, trees, and arbors. The Buttercup is just one of the many beautiful and unique animals you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm.

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