The Ixworth chicken was originally bred by Reginald Appleyard in Suffolk in the 1930’s as a dual purpose laying and meat bird. These large, white birds lay exceptionally well and grow into good sized table birds. Sadly, the breed suffered a decline following competition from imported single purpose birds and was nearly lost in the 1970’s.
Today the Ixworth remains a rare breed but has a strong following amongst smallholders wanting a traditional slower growing table bird.
The bird has long deep breasts with a rich flavour and is a perfect bird for a Sunday roast.
We sell pullets and rearers throughout each summer.
See below for a recent article on the breed in the Guardian. The bird was also discussed on BBC’s Countryfile programme on 7th February 2016.