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Breed Focus: The Ixworth

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The Ixworth Chicken, named after the village in Suffolk, England, where Reginald Appleyard developed this breed in the early 1930’s. Appleyard is more renowned for his Silver Appleyard duck. The breeds origin stems from the White Sussex, White Orpington and White Minorca which lend their shape and pure white colour, whilst its stature, size and table suitability come from the Jubilee Indian Game and Old English Game.

Sadly though the Ixworth almost died out during the 1950’s as other American faster growing table birds hit the country. Thanks to a few breed enthusiast the breed was saved as its popularity grew again in the 1970’s. The Ixworth is popular today amongst poultry enthusiasts, but still remains one Britain’s’ rare breeds, with no dedicated breed society it falls to the rare breed poultry society to look after it.

This dual purpose breed keeps up with the light Sussex with its egg production, capable of producing over 240 good sized eggs a year. With the light Sussex, the Ixworth is the highest yielding pure breed for egg production.


Breed Facts:

Feather Colour: Pure white
Eye Colour: Red to bright Orange
Beak Colour: White
Leg Colour: white/Flesh Pink
Flesh Colour: White
Comb Shape: Pea
Egg Count: 240+ a year
Egg Colour: White Tinted
Cock weight: 9lb
Hen weight:7lb


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