Sultans


"Helmet," my standard Sultan cock
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

Sultans, which come in both bantam and standard, are one of the more unique breeds of poultry. In addition to a full crest, muff and beard, they have heavily feathered shanks with vulture hocks (a disqualification in most breeds), five toes, and a small, V-shaped comb. Although originating in southeastern Europe, they became very popular in Turkey, where they were known as the "Sultan's Fowl."


"Lotus," Shahbazin's bantam Sultan hen
Photo courtesy of Shahbazin

A good pair of sultans
Photo courtesy of Owen Goodfellow

A Sultan bantam hen
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Shamp


A young Sultan bantam


A Sultan pullet
Photo courtesy of Lisa Feitshans


A Sultan chick
Photo courtesy of Frances A. Bassom


A Sultan bantam chick
Photo courtesy of Linda Brenner


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