If you are looking for a friendly, beautiful, reliable layer that is capable of producing great dual purpose offspring, these may be the birds for you.
The Silver variety of Sussex is still quite new to Canada, but we are very pleased to be able to have such a lovely flock of them. Our flock originates from the wonderful Greendale Heritage Farm on the mainland, but we have also purchased three hens that have the birchen coloring and are a sussex x mistral gris. Through using these three ladies with our wonderful, large rooster we will immensley improve the quality of the carcass, as well as broadening the genepool, which is very small with most birds coming originally from Greenfire in the USA.
Not only are these birds striking to look at with their contrasting black feathers with silver lacing on the breast as well as the rooster's silver markings, they are also friendly, inquisitive birds. They are wonderful layers of a light brown egg, and are also fast growing and quite large as adults - making them suitable for the table also. At eight months old, our rooster weighs in at 10lbs and one of his average sized hens is 6lbs. At this point in time, the silver variety of sussex are still a work in progress in genetics and also in their coloring, however, they are wonderful to work with and truly worth the work they need to reach their full potential.
Our crop of chicks hatched and raised here on the farm in 2013 has been very impressive. The chicks have grown very fast, and have shown excellent dual purpose qualities, with the cockerels being very well proportioned with thick breasts and sizable thighs at an early age, and the pullets reaching point of lay faster then nearly all of our other birds. In terms of coloring, the cockerels still have a wide variety of colors (from far too much white to an appropriate amount) and the hens are a bit varied in amount of silver, however we will be using the most correct rooster over our best hens for 2013.