The Sussex breed is originally from England, and is a greatly productive bird, kept by many as a dual purpose breed, originating from England from around the time of the Roman Conquest of Britain. The Sussex is a very popular garden breed in many countries. Here in New Zealand this breed has proven to be an excellent utility, dual purpose breed, laying good size eggs that are tinted cream to a lovely brown colouration, capable of laying upwards of 260 + eggs per year, in their first years.
They come in a large array of colours, including Brown, Buff, Light, Red, Speckled, Silver, White and Coronation, however some of these different coloured Sussex are very hard to find.
The Sussex breed, whatever colour, should be a large graceful bird with a broad long, flat back & a rectangular build, the tail should be at a 45 degree angle from the body. Their eyes should be red in the darker varieties & orange in the lighter colours & they have have a single, medium sized, erect comb. Earlobes should be red with legs and skin white in every colour variety.
The light Sussex has a white body with a black tail and black wing tips. Its neck is white, striped with black and has a very striking appearance. The feathers around the neck are called hackle feathers and each one is black with fine white lacing around each of these feathers.
A breed that are more commonly found and known to go broody on occasion, however we have not found this to be a problem here at Harrisville Heritage, having found them to be very productive and a highly sought after utility bird!