The Light Sussex is one of our oldest breeds

The Light Sussex which is a white version of the Sussex breed that has been around in England since AD43, consequently, they are classed as a heritage breed. This breed has been used as the basis for many other breeds and due to its egg-laying ability, it is often used in hybridisation programmes to enhance the egg quantity.

Breed Description

These are a brilliant Light Sussex and White Sussex which has been bred using the country’s top suppliers of Utility Light Sussex. They have been sourced from the Muirfield Layers hatchery in Scotland the home of the famous Black Rock chickens. Muirfield Layers call these Utility Rocks. They come to us as day-olds. Click here for more information

For those that do not know, the term “utility” means that the birds are a pure breed but the breeders have carefully selected them to excel by function. Utility bred birds will not score points in a beauty pageant because they don’t tick all the boxes for perfect feather patterning etc.. They beat the beauties hands down when it comes down to egg laying. They are a dual purpose breed so they put a good amount of meat on their frame. The boys are therefore suitable for the table.

Like their beautiful show winning counterparts these have the trademark black collar or neck hackles, black tips to the wings and tail. The hens have quite a matronly body whereas the boys stand tall and large. Sussex chickens come in a variety of colours, red, light, white, speckled, coronation, silver and buff.

Breed Temperament

This is a fairly gentle breed, which is usually in the middle of the pecking order status of the flock. She is not generally known to have a feisty attitude. She gets on well with other hens in a mixed flock.

Breed Size

They are classified as large fowl – light. This breed is quite matronly looking as they are quite stocky.


The Utility Sussex will lay a very good number of eggs. This strain is not a “fancy” fowl but her egg laying credentials are top notch. The egg colour is light brown to cream tinted.

Further Reading

If you wish to see what else we have in terms of breeds check out our chickens for sale page. To learn more about keeping chickens in the garden it is easiest and quickest to take a course. Our course details are on our courses page. Ask us for more details if this interests you.