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Ixworth

A breed of chicken, created by Reginald Appleyard in 1932, and taking its name from the village in Suffolk where it originated. He correctly 'designed'a bird which was good for the table and which also had good egg laying ability.

The breed is all white in colour with short, silky feathering. Both sexes have a brilliant red comb and flesh coloured feet and legs. The male bird weighs about 4kg and the female 3kg. The hen lays an average of 150 lightly-tinted eggs each year. The meat has good texture and is full of flavour.

Iworth's are now listed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust as 'vulnerable' - so efforts must be made to conserve them. These are being led by The Rare Poultry Society, Alexandra Cottage, 8 St. Thomas' Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire, LE8 0EG. See 'Rare Breeds Survival Trust'

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