In late 2013, Sunbird Farms started working with the Red Wheaten Sulmtaler. We spent many months planning this project and were so excited to kick it off. Over the following months, we raised a number of Red Wheaten and Gold Duckwing Sulmtalers. The breed was delightful to look at, thrived on free-range, and laid a very nice clutch of beautiful eggs. However, due to a timely predator visit and a lack of sufficient stock to carry on, we “set-aside” the project and moved to other breeds. We are delighted to announce that we will once again have Sulmtalers and they should be up to speed by the fall. So in honor of their return, we have brought back an earlier post below… enjoy! We have both Red Wheaten and Silver Wheaten (gold duckwing) Sulmtalers.
(From October, 2013) When one thinks of Austria, “love” isn’t likely the first word that comes to mind. High school history tells us that Austria was the birth place of WWI, after the assassination of austrian Franz Ferdinand von Osterreich-Esten. Incidentally, it was also the figurative “birth place,” so to speak, of WWII, because it was the literal birth place of one Adolf Hitler. Perhaps on a lighter note, and only in Austria would this be a “lighter” note, a certain terminator rose to fame, and eventual political office here in the good ‘ole USA. But were we to find an Austrian that more resembled the subject of this post, it would have to be a love-child born of Mozart and Maria…if they were chickens, of course. The Sulmtaler is both fanciful and serious, perfectly fitting a description of Mozart as having “profusion of fine, fair hair of which he was rather vain.” We can’t help but look upon these roosters and see something of the classical artist, a proud and flamboyant member of the family flock.
And yet, while the hens attempt to put on similar airs… the way they bound around the yard brings us to near laughter and creates an inexplicable desire to cut up some curtains and dress them in lederhosen.
So in honor of the Sulmtaler, we would like to share with you a few of our “favorite things” about them:
- Feathered crests… enough said.
- Will do anything for corn…
- The only chicken listed on Austria’s Slow Food Ark of Taste and a legend with European gourmands since the 1300’s
- Did we mention they’re from Austria’s wine-growing region?
- Constant reminder that farming (and life) should be productive, beautiful and humorous, all at the same time…
And because two lists are better than one… who would enjoy the Sulmtaler:
- Martha Stewart
- Someone looking for beauty, both in looks and flavor
- Small farms with room to roam… the hills are alive after all and someone has to run down them
- Anyone with lots of extra corn laying around
- The Von Trapps