The Sombor Kaporka (also called the Sombor Crested chicken) is a crested breed of fowl that originates from Serbia.
They are raised as dual-purpose chicken for both their eggs and meat. Hens are excellent layers and will produce between 200 to 220 eggs per year. Some have even been known to lay as many as 260. They tend to go broody and make excellent mothers when they do.
Sombor Kaporka Chicken Breed Quick Info
Sombor Kaporka Chicken Description
|Sombor Kaporka Type/Size:||Standard|
|Feather Color:||Reddish-brown, white, blue, or yellow|
|Sombor Kaporka Ease of Raising/Keeping:||Medium|
|Sombor Kaporka Special Care Needs:||No|
|Is the Sombor Kaporka breed a common, rare, or protected breed of chicken?||Rare, endangered|
Sombor Kaporka Use
|Sombor Kaporka Temperament:||Lively, skittish|
|Sombor Kaporka Ability/Likelihood to Free Range:||Yes|
Sombor Kaporka Egg Production
|Estimated Number of Eggs Per Year||200-220|
|Likeliness to Brood Eggs/Raise Chicks||High|
Sombor Kaporka Meat Production
|Dressed Weight Male||7 ¼ lbs.|
|Dressed Weight Female||5 ½ lbs.|
Sombor Kaporka Climate Tolerance
Sombor Kaporka Age to Maturity
|Number of Months to Reach Full Size||5 Months|
|Number of Months to Start Egg Laying||5 Months|
|Number of Weeks/Months to Reach Meat Harvest Size||16 Weeks|
Sombor Kaporka Size at Maturity
|Male||8 ½ lbs.|
|Female||6 ½ lbs.|
Origins of the Sombor Kaporka Chicken
The Sombor Kaporka was developed in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Serbia in the early 20th century. It is named for the city of Sombor in northern Serbia.
Serbian breeders crossed imported Sulmtaler and Houdan chickens with local landrace fowl. In the 1960s, there was a movement within Serbia to bring the breed back into popularity.
Today, they are extremely rare outside of Serbia. They are not recognized as an official breed in the United States. There were only between 500 and 1,000 of these chickens in Serbia as of 2008.
Some Things to Know About the Sombor Kaporka Chicken
The Sombor Kaporka chicken breed is a unique bird because it is a crested breed. This means that it has feathers on top of its head.
It has a well-proportioned body of medium size and weight. They are a light reddish-brown color but can also be found in white, blue, and yellow.
How Easy is it to Keep Sombor Kaporka Chickens?
Despite their adorable, puff-ball appearance, the Sombor Kaporka is not a cuddly bird. They do not make good show or pet birds due to their lively, active nature. They can even be known to be temperamental at times.
This breed does best out of confinement in a free-range situation. They are not picky eaters and will pick up tasty treats wherever they are allowed to roam.
They are exceptionally hardy and immune to diseases and both hot and cold temperatures.
Special Care and Considerations for Sombor Kaporka Chickens
As with all birds with a single comb, frostbite can be an issue. When the temperature drops, you can help to protect their comb with a bit of vaseline.