Breeds of Livestock, Department of Animal Science
Poultry Breeds - Sumatra Chickens
Standard Weights: Cock-5 pounds; hen-4 pounds; cockerel-4 pounds; pullet-3-1/2 pounds.
Skin Color: Yellow.
Egg Shell Color: White or light tint.
Use: Strictly an ornamental fowl.
Origin: Sumatras come from the island of Sumatra from which they take their name.
Characteristics: Sumatras are a distinctive fowl which look less like domestic poultry than other chickens. They have rather long tails carried low enough to appear drooping. They have multiple spurs on each leg, dark purple faces and a high degree of greenish luster on jet black plumage.
Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison