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THIS Sicilian THING

The Sicilian Buttercup is a breathtaking — and breathtakingly rare — heritage breed.
PHOTOS COURTESY NATASCHA WILLE

Jana Wilson makes her way through the large wooden gate as caramelcolored feathers flash in the Indiana sunlight and rubbery combs — crimson and strangely circular — bob and sway. Several sets of olive legs hustle over, and Wilson is soon beset by Sicilian Buttercups. Some gently cluck and coo their hellos. Others more loudly demand the treats she’s brought.

“They originally called them ‘Sicilian Buttercups’ because they came over from Sicily,” Wilson says. “And they are the only chicken in the world that has this completely circular, closed comb. There are no other breeds that have that. In fact, the motto of the American Buttercup Club was ‘The crown of the fancy.’”

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