Breed Profile: The Sebright

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 01 December 2018

The Sebright

Sebright chicken breed in backyard

Named after its developer, Sir John Saunders Sebright. The Sebright is one of the oldest recorded British 'true' bantam (meaning it is a miniature bird with no corresponding large version of the breed), created in the 19th century through a selective breeding program designed to produce an ornamental breed. The breed has appeared in the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection since the first edition in 1874.


  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Size: 0.57-0.65kg
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Purpose: Show bird
  • Recognized Variations: Silver and Golden


  • Small and White
  • 60-80 Eggs Average Annually


All Sebrights are flighty birds and have plumage that is laced around the edges evenly with black regardless of the prominent colors of Gold or Silver Laced. Their legs are slate blue and the beak a dark horn color. Sebright roosters have a rose comb with fine points and a small spike that sweeps back from its head. Combs, earlobes and wattles are normally a bright red. It is not a good meat or egg bird. Due to their genetic make-up, males may occasionally be born infertile. Characteristically, Sebrights are only one of a few chicken breeds in which the roosters are hen feathered, meaning they have none of the long, sickle–shaped feathers common in most roosters that appear in the tail, neck and saddle.


  • Hardy in Winter: Yes
  • Especially Docile: No
  • Personality: Sebrights are friendly and actively social birds. Males are not known to be aggressive,  like most small chickens, they are somewhat skittish birds.

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