"The Crown of the Fancy"
Buttercup Club members gather for the 2011 National held at the Crossroads show in Indianapolis.
The Crossroads of America show in Indianapolis, IN, was the site of the 2011 American Buttercup Club National.
Long-time president, Larry Stallings, stepped down from his post. The club members thanked him for his many years of service. Jana Wilson was elected president and Bridget Riddle was re-elected secretary/treasurer.
There were several great representatives of the breed, both in large fowl and bantams.
Buttercup is one of the most beautiful and rare breed
The Buttercup is both beautiful and productive. A great layer of medium- to large-sized white eggs, they are making a comeback in the United States with the help of committed breeders.
The club was first established in 1912 but interest in the breed languished for a number of years and the Buttercup nearly disappeared.
However, increased interest in this old and unique breed has brought about its revival.
The Sicilian Buttercup chicken originated from the isle of Sicily and derives its name from its unique cup shaped comb and rich golden plumage. It was admitted into the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1918, but first appeared on American shores in 1835.
The Sicilian Buttercup bantam was later developed in America and was admitted into the APA Standard in 1960. Shape and color are the same as large Buttercups.
Getting Started with Buttercups
by Carl Fosbrink
A long-time poultry breeder and judge, Carl was instrumental in bringing back the Buttercup from near extinction.
Buttercups are starting to make a comeback in the poultry world, but there are only a few specimens available that are good representatives of the breed. You may be attracted to the Buttercup breed because you like their appearance or because you like a breed that lays a good number of eggs or maybe you want to preserve an endangered breed of poultry. Whatever your reason you may wonder how to go about obtaining some birds for breeding or what to look for when purchasing stock to get you started in the Buttercup breed. Read More.