Birchen Modern Game Bantams
Day-Old Chicks - Unsexed - $5.00 each
1 Fertile Hatching Egg - $1.75
12 Fertile Hatching Eggs - $21.00
(The prices below may vary slightly based on the quality of the bird)
8 Week Old Unsexed - $10.00
12 Week Old Pullet - $20.00
12 Week Old Cockerel - $10.00
(Prices are the same for Blue & Black Sumatras)
(Chicks have a 50/50 chance to be Blue or Black)
(We only ship 1-24 Hatching eggs of any breed or combination of breeds at a time. The amount of eggs that can be purchased from each breed will vary depending on breed, number of laying hens and availability)
This information applies only to Bantam Sumatras, not standard-sized sumatras!
Bantam Sumatras were recognized as a breed by the American Poultry Association (APA) in 1960. The first recognized coloration was black. Bantam Sumatras are now recognized in two varieties which include black, recognized in 1960 as the first recognized coloration, and blue, recognized in 1996. Sumatras are not true bantams, as they have a standard-sized counterpart. Bantam Sumatras can be found in the APA’s All Other Combs Clean Legged Bantams Class.
The average Sumatra hen only lays about 100 white or lightly tinted eggs per year since they go broody often. Sumatra hens make great mothers! Sumatras tend to do best in an environment where they can forage, as they are great foragers. Sumatras can jump very high even with their wings clipped, so they should be kept in a covered coop/run when they are not supervised. Sumatras are not very friendly unless they are handled often as chicks, and they tend to be flighty. Roosters tend to fight with other roosters during their breeding season (Spring) but are usually calm after the breeding season is over.
The breed originally came from the Isles of Sumatra in Indonesia, which is where the breed got its name. Sumatras are heritage breeds, and on currently on the ‘Watch’ status on the Livestock Conservancy page. To learn more about Sumatras, click the link below!