Sicilian Buttercup

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Breed Facts

  • Poultry Show Class: Mediterranean Class
  • Weights: Hen ——-5 lbs
    Rooster—-6/12 lb
    Pullet——-4  lbs
    Cockerel—5 1/2 lbs
  • Purpose: Exhibition and egg laying
  • Egg Shell Color: White
  • Egg Production: Good
  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • APA: Yes, Recognized by American Standard of Perfection in 1918
  • TLC: Watch Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed
  • Breeder Source Farm: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of pure Sicilian Buttercup chickens since 1971.



The Sicilian Buttercup chicken was reportedly imported to America in 1835 and not until 1918 admitted to the American Standard of Perfection. The Sicilian Buttercup chicken originated on the Island of Sicily. It has a beautiful cup-shaped comb. A great barnyard or show fowl that is sure to please everyone. It is a delicate bird and is not winter hardy as most breeds of chickens are. The Sicilian Buttercup Chicken does not take well to confinement and more of a free range very active chicken. This chicken breed also does not go broody.

In 2013 we stopped breeding the buttercup breed because we were unable to stop the progression of the Buttercup cup comb from splitting apart a little more each year as we were producing the next generation. Although we had used this bloodline since 1971 we ran our course with any new genetics to infuse. We were unable to find another bloodline that had the quality that we used to have on this breed. So we made a decision not to continue breeding the Buttercup chicken breed and offering it until we could find another bloodline to work with.

In 2020 & 2021 we found 2 breeders that were willing to give us some seed stock to work with. In 2023 we started offering the Buttercup again.

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2 reviews for Sicilian Buttercup

  1. Theresa

    Love it!

    I have one and she’s great! I’d never heard of this breed before. She lays beautiful pinkish white eggs. A lil smaller than the other eggs I get. She’s a lil smaller too. But she doesn’t let the other chickens push her around. Love her!

  2. Abby Iowa May 2012


    I showed in the American, English, Mediterranean, All Other Standard Breed, Mixed Breed, Pairs, Bantam Single Comb, Clean Legged and Showmanship Classes. This was my first year showing. I got 1 Red and 9 Blue Ribbons. I also received 4 best of breed awards and 1 Reserve Champion and 1 Champion. I also got 3rd in showmanship.

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