Certainly if the Dowager were to have chickens, she would have Orpingtons, likely Jubilees, running around Downton. With all their stateliness and pomp, it’s hard to imagine that anything less would meet those exacting standards. Throw in their connection to Queen Elizabeth, and Violet would be over the moon (if she gets that excited).
But if there was ever a chicken that would suit cousin Matthew, it would have to be the Silver Sussex. A bird with a long and legendary heritage, the Silver Sussex has all the pedigree that any chicken could hope for. But like Matthew, the Silver Sussex is something a little more than its classic heritage suggests…bringing a little pizzaz and a lot of production.
Like Downton, the history of the Sussex is not without its challenges. Around the turn of the 20th century, the historic breeders of the Sussex were wowed by new imports, nearly leaving this heritage fowl to disappear into antiquity. However, like Downton, Sussex breeders rallied around the breed and raised it from almost certain ruin. Lucky for us, they did. Our line of Sussex are cousins of the Light Sussex of England, and were recently imported from Australia. While the original importer is no longer offering these giants to the public, we were lucky enough to get our trio from them just this year. They are some of our absolute favorites here on the farm. Their gentle nature, inquisitive personality, and reputation for production is a homesteader’s dream.
So, who would enjoy our Silver Sussex:
- Anyone looking for the best in pedigree, good looks, and productivity…yes, we’re talking to you Lady Mary
- Backyard enthusiasts without a lot of space (sussex do well in close quarters and free range)
- English estates looking to update
- Farmer’s market enthusiasts
- Fans of Downton that can’t believe Matthew is gone (should we have said spoiler alert?)
If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you. We’re starting our waiting list now and hope to be filling orders shortly.