Your chooks would have grown their new plumage by now. If you are finding that they are jumping over to the neighbours to raid their garden it is best to clip their wings. Spread out the wing and cut the long flight feathers on one wing with sharp scissors. It doesn’t hurt them, if done correctly. The Sussex This heirloom English breed is big, heavy, quiet and stunning to look at. Hens lay around 220 light brown eggs a year. They will go broody and make great mothers. One of our Sussex hens proudly hatched and raised eight Peking ducklings and was never the wiser, even when her babies would rush to any puddle of water and jump in! They are a very hardy breed and can adapt to any environment well. Their heavy frame makes them very handy at turning over the soil in the garden. To keep the pH correct in your worm farm apply a cup of garden lime each month.