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Britannic Rare Breeds aim to promote all traditional native farmed livestock, in particular rare breeds and where possible make them easily obtainable.

Native breeds form a valuable part of our cultural heritage and their continued existence and genetic diversity is important to provide opportunities and options for both commercial and domestic circumstances in the future.
Rare breeds are rare because smallholders are rare, in truth we should all do our bit to grow our own and it is in this domestic, low intensity and small scale environment that so many traditional breeds flourish where a dependant commercial strain would not.

A great array of traditional breeds still exist and it is among this great diversity that you are likely to find a breed or variety ideally suited to your own environment, requirements and circumstances.

Featured Breed - Light Sussex chicken

The light Sussex is the most common of the Sussex breed and is believed to have been created with the use of Columbian Brahma crossed with Buff Cochin and further crossing with the Silver Grey Dorking and the existing Sussex fowl. The Light Sussex played a major role in the commercial and domestic poultry industries right up to the 1960’s and along with Leghorn, Rhode Island Red and North Holland Blue was perhaps one of the most important table birds and egg laying breeds. The Light Sussex became increasingly important for crossing with Indian Game, Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Wyandotte and Faverolle for table purposes and egg laying uses. The original Light Sussex had relatively indistinct black hackle markings in comparison with birds of today.
Although the breed makes an exceptional table bird, it does not fatten quite as quickly as the Indian Game or Ixworth but could still be of a useful size by 25 weeks of age. The breed should have a long back with the tail being held at 45’ in males and 35’ in females. Good strains of Light Sussex can lay between 240 and 280 eggs per year. Exhibition stock, should be avoided if eggs are wanted and all modern utility variations are poorly marked and less attractive.
Juvenile Light Sussex often have black feathering showing through the white all over the body which makes the bird look unfinished. By maturity this moults out leaving a bird with black neck hackle edged with white and a black tail and black within the primary wing feathers. The feathering over the remainder of the body should be pure white throughout. There should not be any black markings or smuttiness on the back. The black neck hackles should not extend far on to the back as this makes the back look shorter and is generally seen as undesirable.

Read more about the Light Sussex here

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