Created by Reginald Appleyard, during the 1930s, the Ixworth nearly went extinct during the 1950s; due to the creation of faster growing hybrid broilers. Whilst the future of this wonderful breed is not yet certain it is becoming increasingly popular, and deservingly so! This breed has a gentle, friendly nature and is ideal for both the small-flock keeper and for anyone who wants to raise a bird for the table. Ixworths are a phenomenal dual-purpose breed; chickens mature quickly and taste delicious. The hens are also generous layers of large white eggs; as many as 240 a year.