Meet the Sulmtalers
It must be the crest after keeping Cream Legbars for a number of years this breed are stunning. This is a pair of Large Fowl Sulmtalers are quite rare in the UK but still popular where they originate in Austria and across Europe.
I was quite delighted when Kate Cox offered me this unrelated pair.
I am hoping to take them and their offspring to shows later in the year to show the public there majestic beauty and next year will hopefully be able to offer both hatching eggs and young birds.
The origin of the Sulmtaler lies south and south-west of Graz, capital of the Austrian county Stiermarken. Especially in the valleys of Kainach, Lassnitz, Sulm and Saggau (tal = valley), heavy fowls were bred for high quality fattening, mainly being fed on locally grown maize. From 1865 to 1875, these birds were crossed with Cochin, Houdan and Dorkings and then crossed back again to the local fowls from Stiermarken. By 1900, the Sulmtaler had been developed as a breed in its own right and spread into Germany, Holland and England. It is a hardy fowl, fast growing, easy to fatten and a good utility breed.