The Sussex is one of the oldest breeds that are still in existence today. It originated around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43 and the breed was recorded in the county of Sussex. A century ago, the Sussex was prized as a table bird. The original colours were brown, red and speckled. The Sussex today is still a very popular breed to keep. Bred to be a dual purpose bird for eating and egg-laying, it is one of the most productive breeds we have today. The hen will lay large eggs that are cream to light brown in colour.