Originated in Sussex County England over 100 years ago and was bred for table poultry. Feathers are mahogany bay, tipped with a small V-shaped white spangle. The male's tail feathers are lustrous, greenish black tipped with white. Chicks vary greatly in color from a creamy buff to dark chestnut and some also have alternate dark and light stripes lengthwise on the back. Produce medium sized brown eggs and are known as one of the most prolific brown egg layers.