White Sussex - Chicken

White Sussex cockerel

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White Sussex Description

The White was created around 1925 from a sport of the light Sussex and is now probably the second rarest colour after the brown. The birds have a wide, full body and are exceptional egg layers. One of our lines is descended from Mr Jeffery Marsdens flock. Jeffery was largely responsible for the improvement of their utility traits just previous to the Second World War. Many may find there plain white colour unappealing and some just ‘do not get’ white birds.  In defence of the white, their plain white colour only exaggerates their form and the redness of the comb and wattles make for an attractive contrast. Furthermore white birds, when plucked leave no undesirable black stubs.
Unfortunately due to the fashion for colourful show birds and because it does not have the typical Sussex markings it has fallen by the wayside in the past few decades to the point where it is now particularly rare with few breeders and fewer bloodlines. It is now in desperate need of a new following. 
 
There are probably only a handful of White Sussex strains in existence and many are likely to be hidden away. Unlike the red or brown Sussex that have largely been used for exhibition since the early 20th century and therefore purely maintained by exhibition poultry keepers. The White was commercially used during the early to mid 20th century and therefore remnants still occasionally occur on old or remote free range poultry farms.

Sussex eggs can vary from a pale brown to tinted (cream) colour. Tinted is the preferred colour for Sussex but both are commonly seen and both are acceptable. With the white Sussex being the least common of all Sussex colours and least manipulated by the show scene or modern utility breeding it is likely the white Sussex is the only colour that still demonstrates the true utility qualities of the breed. For this reason it could certainly rate as a highly useful and productive variety for the poultry keeper, either in its standard form or when crossed. Plumage should be pure white throughout. 


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