I think it might be official …. Ixworths are the best chicken ever for sustainable small scale food production. Firstly they are not hybrids so I think they are more robust. Hybrids tend to be over-bred for egg laying or meat – with the former they tend to drop down dead after a couple of years or get internal problems; with the latter often their skeleton can’t support their weight properly.
I have said before how much I love Ixworths as they lay well and you can keep the cockerels as meat birds – this means no male day old chicks getting killed – I hate waste.
But now they have gone one better. Quite a few of our Ixworths went broody and this lovely girl managed to hatch out three little naked neck chicks.
She is justifiably quite proud of herself – she is our first Ixworth to actually hatch out chicks. Last year the silkies and pekins hatched out the Ixworth chicks
I bought some fertile Ixworth eggs from another breeder a month or so ago (for genetic diversity) and managed to hatch out a handful. Hopefully there will be a cockerel among them. As next year I want to dramatically increase our Ixworth flock.
Can you see one peeking out?
Next year, if the cockerel does his job I will hopefully use the Ixworths to hatch out their own eggs.
N.B. they are also a local Suffolk chicken.