The lucky winner of this auction will receive at least 8 unsexed Light Sussex day-old chicks. The light Sussex is a large dual-purpose bird that is grown for meat and kept for the extra large cream-colored eggs that the hens lay. In 2013, Greenfire Farms bolstered the Sussex gene pool in America by importing a new line of European light Sussex; the classic black and white Sussex variety most often associated with the breed. Our breeding stock are the offspring of light Sussex that took top honors in a national poultry show in Europe, and you can see from the conformation and coloring of their progeny how the parents won these awards.
Our recent import of these light Sussex is but another chapter in a Sussex-driven story that began years ago. Greenfire Farms imported chickens for the first time in 2007, and the first birds we imported were Sussex from Australia. In a very real sense the Sussex chicken launched Greenfire Farms. Included in this inaugural shipment of Sussex were two varieties previously unseen in America: coronations and silvers. Not only were these varieties new to America, but the Australian birds were unusually large and beautiful examples of the breed. The newly imported birds caused a stir in the poultry world at the time, and their effect continues unabated today.
The American Poultry Association has established a flock certification program for those chicken breeds that are included in the APA Standard of Perfection. In order for a flock to be certified as compliant with the APA standard the flock must be inspected by an APA judge and at least 98% of the flock has to conform to all major breed traits identified by the Standard. This sets a very high bar for breed conformity which is why you will rarely if ever find a large hatchery that produces chicks from APA certified flocks. However, in 2015 Greenfire Farms applied to have its light Sussex inspected under the APA flock certification program, and our farm was visited by a former APA president and current APA judge. Based on this inspection, in 2016 our flocks were awarded APA certification. Because of this certification you can be assured you are receiving chicks produced by a flock meeting the highest APA standards.
Of course, the story of the Sussex begins many years before we first imported these birds. In fact, to study this breed is to understand that these birds are engaged in a slow march around the globe that began thousands of years ago. Descendants of the ancient fowl brought to England by Roman invaders, the Sussex chicken could be identified as a distinct breed in Sussex County, England almost two hundred years ago. The breed became standardized in 1903. Sussex hens lay upwards of 250 large, cream-colored eggs each year. With their pearlescent legs, these huge birds have a striking and regal appearance in the barnyard. Their behavior, too, is remarkable. More than most chicken breeds, Sussex exude a quiet confidence and an open curiosity about humans.
These are the many positive attributes of a breed that have helped ensure its survival for hundreds of years and, with your help, are likely to keep it going for at least a few hundred more. With both beauty and practicality Sussex bridge the past and present like few other chicken breeds, and they deserve a special place in America’s chicken coops.
The pictures on this auction represent the quality of the stock that Greenfire Farms is currently working with. The winning bidder will receive 8 unsexed, day-old light Sussex chicks. They will be vaccinated for Marek's. They will be shipped within 2 weeks of the close of this auction. We guarantee live delivery and the health of the chicks for 72 hours after you receive them. The auction winner pays an additional $35 in shipping costs. Thanks for your interest, and good luck bidding!
Thanks, and good luck!
Greenfire Farms raises some of the rarest poultry breeds in the world; for more information about our breeding program, please visit: