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Ixworthrnchickens were developed by Reginald Appleyard in 1932 in the East Anglianrncounty of Suffolk, England, in the village of Ixworth. Mr. Appleyard (therninventor of the Appleyard Duck) was looking to create the ideal dual-purposernchicken. His aim was to create a fast-growing table chicken, with respectablernlaying ability. Development involved white Sussex, white Minorca, whiternOrpington, Jubilee, and Indian Game.

rnrnThe Ixworthrnwas a hit in the British poultry markets in the mid 1930's-1940's. In itsrnheyday, Ixworth chickens fetched a top price for their premium meat. Howeverrnits popularity flared quickly, and within a decade, the demand for them drasticallyrndeclined.

rnrnAt about samerntime that the American poultry industry was conducting its "Chicken ofrnTomorrow" experiment. Soon, the world came to know the cornish-cross, with itsrnincredible ability to put on table weight in a fraction of the time. As arnresult, there no longer was as much need for dual-purpose breeds like thernIxworth and the Delaware. Soon, heritage table birds everywhere would slide onrna steady decline toward obscurity. rnrn 

rnrnThey are Light-boned,rnwith a covering of pure white feathers. Hens lay eggs only slightly smallerrnthan the white Sussex, usually around 64g (US extra-large), and weighed overrn7lbs at maturity. The roosters fatten nicely as well, and they are proficientrnforager. They have a bright red pea comb and waddles and are well-suited for cold.  rnrn 

rnrnToday thernIxworth remains on the UK's watch list of the Rare Breed Survival Trust. In 2008,rnthey were listed as endangered. Few people outside of England have ever seen Ixworthrnchickens. However, efforts are underway to help reignite interest in them.rnrn 

rnrnThey remain anrnexcellent breed for the small, premium poultry farm. Importantly, they are designedrnto do what has become popular again: keep a family in good-supply of eggs,rnwhile delivering a delicious dinner. 

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