In 2014 I was in the USA to visit family, friends and to make a trip, so that was for a long period. After visiting family for over a week, we decided to start our trip. (this was not my first time to be in the USA, visit for over 26 years)
During my vacation I got bad news from the home front that my Sussex hen ‘’ChaBoo’’ had passed away. Those things are not nice messages in your vacation.
On the way I was looking on the internet to see if I could get to Sussex again, when I saw a beautiful color variety here in the USA, which I had never seen before in Europe.
So let's see if we could see a breeder, if possible. Asked via a Facebook group "American Poultry", who had this color variety. Few reactions came back tome. After more than a week I finally got in touch with a breeder, he was a member of a special Sussex association, only this breeder was 15 hours away from us.
We had just passed Elk City, Oklahoma. The breeder was willing to help me with brood eggs. We changed our route to the region of the breeder, we literally turned around, to look and if necessary to take hatching eggs of this color with me.
Of course we had been delayed by roadworks. Which is normal in the USA by the way. With a trip of 15 hours and a 5 hour delay, we finally arrived at the hotel, at a reasonable distance from the breeder. At the hotel I tried to reach the breeder by phone, but couldn't get in touch with him. After some hard searching on the internet, I was able to find the address. The next day we just drove there to meet the breeder of these Sussex birds
His wife was on a mower and asked us what we came to do at their property, she didn't seem to be very friendly but when I told her that we were from the Netherlands and that her husband knew about the appointment, the not so friendly lady, become friendly ;-) and all was ok.
After some catching up, we went to see the Sussex chickens. The breeder took a big bucket of food with him and told us to wait at the big gate.
He walked to the stable a little bit further, he opened the stable doors. I don't know how many chickens came out of that stable, but the Sussex chickens followed the breeder. I estimated that about 50 chickens was following him, it could have been more.
It gave me such a great impression on the spot, I spontaneously fell in love with this breed, with this beautiful Lavender color.
Then we walked up a small mountain, where the breeder still had an old smaller house, where he had his breeding birds. These were the adults, they were so beautiful to me! I noticed that these Sussex birds were much larger than my Chaboo. But that didn't matter to me at all, I was already in love anyway.
It was quite pleasant there, but gradually it was time that we had to move on, because the return trip to the north took at least another 24 hours.