These birds are minute for a chicken. Not much bigger than a quail.
Sir John Saunders Sebright 1767-1846, was the 7thBaronet of Besford, Worcestershire and a Member of Parliament for Herefordshire.
He was a ‘gentleman farmer’ and raised cattle, chickens and pigeons. He also wrote quite extensively on breeding and husbandry. His writings inspired Charles Darwin at the inception of ‘The Origin of Species’.
He wanted to create a bantam bird that had well defined lacing and in his quest to do so he brought together several different types and breeds of chicken, the exact ‘recipe’ for creating the Sebright bantam is unknown.
The Sebright has the distinction of being the oldest British true bantam, meaning there is no large fowl counterpart of the Sebright.
Despite a dedicated following, the Sebright is on the Rare Breed Survival Trust as a bird to be monitored and watched.
The Sebright has bags of personality and is always exploring its’ surroundings to satisfy its’ curiosity!
They can be very lovable little lap birds if handled gently right from the start, but as they are so active they don’t sit still for very long.