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Speckled Sussex


Pros: friendly, curious, intelligent, great layer, beautiful, cold hardy

Cons: So curious they'll walk through the front door

Out of 15 breeds we've tried, this is my favorite chicken of all. I guess it depends on what you are looking for. I love their personality and they are pretty. They are a pleasure. You can carry them around. They'll sit next to you on the porch. People love being able to pet a chicken and this one in particular runs up to people and says hello. They think everyone has corn. haha They held up great through our cold alaskan winter too,


Pros: Docile, great layer, beautiful, curious, hardy

I have a speckled sussex and she is my friendliest hen! She jumps on my lap and begs for cuddles. She lays a nice sized egg every day. She is very docile (and is a beautiful girl). I highly recommend this breed. I should be getting more soon. 


Pros: beautiful, gentle, inquisitive, on guard

Cons: can be obnoxious about getting treats

This is the breed I originally wanted to start my chicken rearing adventure with because after researching many breeds I felt they were a good fit due to their gentle and friendly nature. It didn't hurt that they are gorgeous birds as well. We did NOT get to start with them but I'm glad we were able to purchase some earlier this month. They took very little time to tame down in comparison with our RIRs and other than one "Alpha" hen who can be a bit obnoxious when it comes to hogging treats (which I take partial responsibility for) they have been very gentle and have an inquisitive nature. It didn't take them long to adapt to our schedule and my calls to "come get a treat" and "it's time to go to bed." 

I bought a rooster from a different breeder and have been thrilled with how gentle he has been both with the hens and with our family. My three year old regularly feeds him by hand and I look forward to letting the first one to go broody hatch out some eggs for us.

Additionally, I have noticed they seem to be more predator wary than our other breeds (SPPR and RIR). They have done great free-ranging and more times than not we get a Jumbo creamy tan egg.

This breed is here to stay in our flock.


Pros: Friendly, Tame, Not Flighty, Pretty, Good Egg Laying, Good with other chickens, Loves to be around people,

Cons: She is so tame that she jumps into our car with us when we leave!

This is her Picture, Her name is Comet

This is Comet. She is a Speckled Sussex. She is our tamest chicken.

She is the Tamest of the tame. If anyone wants to get chickens, I'd definetly recommend a Speckled sussex!


Pros: Predator Wary, Great Forager, Fast Grower, Fast Layer

Cons: Tend to wander farther from home than Barred Rock

I had ordered a 10 pack of Barred Rock Pullets from a hatchery in OH. When I made my order there was a special going on "Free Rare Breed Chick with Order". The company sent me my mystery little brown chick, who kept me guessing. My special chick turned out to be a Speckled Sussex and a hen at that! I love her! She is easy to catch and layed my first egg out of the flock today! She seems to always have an eye in the sky for predators and when she takes off the others follow


Pros: Outgoing, Friendly, Fun and Beautiful

Cons: Sometimes too Curious

I have only had my hens a few months now but I Love them.  I am a Silkie "guy" but I will tell you now, the SS are awesome. I never imagined that they were this much fun. They are friendly, curious and extremely beautiful. You really don't know how beautiful they are until you see them in person.  They will come to you and just hang out with you. Mine are still pretty young but I know one of the three is contemplating hopping up on my lap when I hang out in the coop with them. As they get older I can see them being like lap dogs.  I like to joke that people don't really tell you how great SS are so they can keep a good thing to themselves. I will always be a silkie guy but now I am a Speckled Sussex "guy" also.  If you are looking for a beautiful, confident and fun chicken this is the bird for you. My girls haven't even started laying yet and I am so happy with them. Once they start laying I may get some more or I may try to raise some baby SS. They are an all around great bird and should be on everyone's short list. Get some now !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pros: Lovely plumage, cute eggs, good foragers, SUPER curious, ambitious about many things, cold hardy, very friendly and sweet and lays daily

Cons: Small eggs, very loud, their curiosity sometimes gets annoying!

I have one speckled sussex name Rosie. This is my first time raising this breed and I'm loving every minute of it! She is as curious as a chicken can get. She takes big risks, wanders off on her own, chases wild birds and rabbits, jumps around, runs everywhere, falls down a lot on account of her bolting and jumping, loves to sit on my shoulder and likes to try everything! Her eggs are very small. She also is very vocal. This breed is a great one! She was super affectionate as a chick and now still loves to cuddle. Crazy, cute and curious basically sums up Rosie! I would defiantly recommend this breed! 



Pros: Pretty, friendly, fit right in with the older flock, lays large light brown eggs

Cons: My husband doesn't like her because she is aggressive to his little cockerel

Cinnamon is one of my favorite girls.  She is the first to investigate anything new and is fearless. She is my biggest girl and I love her rich red feathers and white speckles.  She is very friendly and behaves well with the flock with the exception of the new cockerel we are trying to introduce.  She does not like him at all and chases him around.  She started laying large double yolk eggs when she was five months old and now lays large single yolk eggs 5/6 times a week.  I would definitely add more Speckled Sussex to my flock.  She enjoys free ranging with the other girls every afternoon, but is one of the first to return to the coop at night or anytime I come out with treats.


Pros: Great mothers, consistent layers, beautiful.

Cons: Often escape.

I have 8 hens and 1 rooster. "Red" our rooster, will NOT stay in the coop and run. He will come in to eat and service a few ladies, but chooses to spend his time outside the yard, watching things. He does a wonderful job protecting the hens and chicks from predators. I have mixed breed flock, but find speckled chicks in every flock that has hatched. The hens are a medium sized hen, who lay nice sized eggs for their small body size. They lay consistently, but do go broody. When they go broody, they are very determined to keep their nests. I have had to keep each one on a nest, as they will drive themselves crazy trying to brood. When you disturb them while laying, even when not broody, they let you know they are displeased by squawking at you. When they are not broody, they are some of the sweetest birds I have raised. It catches me off guard every time one jumps on my shoulder! They will sit right next to you, allow the kids to pack them around, and even rub up on our dogs. They are very curious, and will jump in your car or house if you leave a window open.


Pros: Beautiful plumage, great personalities, hardy birds

Cons: Sometimes skiddish, lays eggs on the smaller side

I have one hen, her name is Lisma, that will walk right up to door and start asking for treats, she'll also slide past me and run into the hallway where the chick feed is because she thinks it tastes better! I have five other hens that I didn't name because they all look the same and aren't as friendly as Lisma, but they aren't as flighty as some of my other birds. Lisma is also a great show bird for 4-H, she'll stand on the table and let you pull out her wings, feet, move her head, anything! Speckled Sussex, along with Red Stars, have the biggest personalities. 


Speckled Sussex

The Speckled Sussex was developed in Sussex County, England over 100 years ago. It was famous there as a table fowl with pinkish white skin and long, deep body ideal for fattening. It is of medium size, in the heavy breed class, a layer of light brown or tinted eggs, and the hens will set. Its plumage color is a delight to the eye being of rich mahogany base color with individual feathers ending in a white tip separated from the rest of the feathers by a black bar. Baby 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. This variety combines beauty with utility, and is very nice to raise for showing.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg Colorbrown tinted
Breed Temperament
Breed Colors/VarietiesSpeckled and Light
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose: Egg Laying and Meat

Comb: Strait Comb

Broodiness: Often

Climate Tolerance:


General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Very Good

Egg Size: Large

Egg Color: Brown


Breed Temperament: Gentle, Friendly



Breed Colors / Varieties: Speckled, Light,





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