The Sebright offers wonderful looks and a family-friendly character. There are few breeds that can match the eye-catching crisp splendour of the Sebright bantams.
Adults are hardy and mix well with other birds. However, the male birds can be noisy and fertility levels are often low. The chicks can be vulnerable to problems. The females are not great layers and the Sebrights are flighty.
The Sebright is a breed of chicken named after its developer, Sir John Saunders Sebright during the period 1815-1825. Sebrights are very small in stature; males weigh an average of 22 ounces (625 grams) and females 20 oz (570 g).
The Sebright is one of the oldest recorded British true bantam, created in the 19th century through a selective breeding program designed to produce an ornamental breed.
The silver and golden versions are standarised in the UK, but several other colour options exist elsewhere in Europe; there are varieties such as lemon, white-laced buff and blue-laced versions to choose from. All three were created in Holland and, in addition, there is a completely white version which, due to its lack of lacing, is referred to by its official name, the Eikenburger.
Sebrights are among the most popular of bantam breeds. Despite their popularity, Sebrights are often difficult to breed. Hens rarely go broody and chicks usually have high mortality rates. As a largely ornamental chicken, Sebrights lay tiny, white eggs and are not kept for meat production.