Other name(s): Somborska kaporka
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: Serbia and Montenegro
History: The Sombor Crested is a Serbian breed which were developed in Vojvodina, with the crossing of the Houdan and Sulmataler. The breed almost became extinct after the Second World War, but was saved in the 1960’s by enthusiasts.
Current Uses: Meat, eggs, and breed preservation
Appearance: The Sombor Crested is a medium sized fowl. They have large red single combs, that flop over to the side of the hens. Behind, their combs is a small crest that slants backwards. These Sombor Crested can be found in black, blue, buff, cuckoo, and white.
Average weight: 5.5 - 8.8 lbs.
Lifespan: 6 - 10 years
Diet: The Sombor Crested will be happy to forage for a portion of her diet. If caged, the breed will require extra feed. The breed does well on regular commercialized feed. If you do not allow your Sombor Crested to free-range, then you should supplement their diet. They will need fresh fruits, vegetables, bugs, and grit. Fresh and clean water should always be available.
Housing: Their coop can be of an average build, and must be capable of keeping the birds safe from the weather and predators.
Health issues: The Sombor Crested can develop chapped combs, or frostbite during cold winters. You can rub oil into their combs to help prevent damage. This breed is not known to suffer from any particular health ailments. This being said, it is important that your birds are feed properly, housed in a well-drained area, and treated for parasites.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: The Sombor Crested is a docile and sweet tempered fowl. They make excellent backyard fowl for those looking for production and pets.
Written by Jaime Clark