The Sulmtaler chicken is Armin Arbeiter's creation. Within a period of five years he had bred it from completely mixed breeds, deriving from both the Sulmtal and the Saggautal, and had given this breed its name.
Around 1900, the chickens that had survived in the granaries of the Styrian wine country were concentrated, bred, standardised and given a name by Armin Arbeiter, who called them Sulmtaler chicken. Until 1915 Armin Arbeiter dedicated himself to the pure-breeding of the Sulmtaler chicken from those unadulterated poultry stocks from the regions of Sulmtal and Saggautal and he succeeded in breeding a first-class meat chicken, suited to the rich, fertile farming regions to the south and southwest of Graz. Moreover, the Sulmtaler chicken proved to be a blessing for the province of Styria south of Graz, to Pettau, Celje and Rann, owing to the chicken's twofold benefits in providing the population with both meat and eggs. Thus it turned out to be a major source of revenue and sustenance alike.