Sussex

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Pros: Gentle, great layers

Cons: Hatchery roos can be aggressive

Speckled Sussex are among my favorite breeds. Besides being gorgeous eye-candy, (and they get more white with every molt)  they are wonderful layers of medium to large sized light brown eggs. Personality wise-they are some of the most laid-back, calm, sweet birds I've ever owned. They have an almost constant flow of  soft chatter as they follow you around to see what you are up to. Wonderful birds, great layers, and beautiful to boot.

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Pros: friendly, calm, not too loud at all

Cons: none that I can think of

I have one Speckled Sussex along with my other six pullets and she is by far the friendliest, whenever I open the coop, she is the first one to run up to me and she always stays by me when they're free ranging, she's the sweetest bird I have.

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Pros: Fun big birds

Cons: Big birds eat a little extra

I ordered 5 Sussexs and they are big birds. i only got them yesterday.
Would recommend them to anyone starting a flock.

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Pros: Nice looking chicken

Cons: No eggs as yet

I bought a sussex,told its 12 months old, she is a big girl & was malting, I go her with intention to breed but after  3 weeks or so & no sign of eggs, I rang the co-op & he said they are not good egg layers and go off laying in winter, has any one heard of this??posting a photo.Her feet are massive...

 

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Pros: Funny, friendly, good layers when not broody

Cons: Broody a lot

I am in Australia and have 2 Sussex, a buff and a light. They are enormous friendly girls who free range all day and follow me around bokking gently. Very sweet funny birds. They are great pets and great layers (5-6 eggs per week) WHEN they are not broody...which seems to be a lot. They would probably make excellent mothers, but I don't have a rooster to test that theory smile.png



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Pros: Friendly, quiet, and beautiful

Cons: non so far

Our girl is 27 weeks today and she is gorgeous!  We got a rooster in our flock and I was so sad to see him go, we are in a town that prohibits roosters.  Both the hen and rooster are very friendly, they will follow you around the yard.  The hen comes running anytime she hears the screen door open and then follows until I go back inside.  She is smaller than my wyandottes, but not by much.  She is more independent than the others and I'm not sure if this is a breed trait or due to the fact that all the other hens are wyandottes and she feels excluded?  We haven't had an issue with being broody yet, but I know this is a trait of the breed and I guess I'll deal with it when the time comes.  But so far she is a gem and if I ever expand the flock I will be getting more of this breed.

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Pros: Can't fly over short fences, far too heavy for aerial predators to pick up, great pets, ornamental, lay eggs and don't mind confiment

Cons: Big birds: maybe to heavy for young children to hold, eat a little extra for being so big

I've got one Coronation hen and two splits. These are the first Sussex hens I've ever owned. I got them with a Hatricks (c) silkie flock so I got a real deal on them. The coronation hen is supposed to be rare but either way they've been great hens for me so far, for these lat three weeks :)

 

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Pros: Very friendly, not too loud, great with my kids.

Cons: None (yet) but we are quite new to the breed

We've not had them for long but our flock of 10 Red Sussex's are very friendly girls. They respond so well to our voices they like being handled, are gentle and curious. Very fun to watch and (shhhhh but I swear they talk back).  wink.png

 

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I am from New Brunswick, Canada.  I am looking to start a light sussex flock and am having a hard time finding some. I've heard there is a breeder in Maine.  Any ideas for me?

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Pros: consistent layer, large personality, attractive

Cons: loud, kind of a bully

We all liked this chicken, except for the noise.  We are urban people and a couple of our neighbors were sure we had a rooster or two.  We could hear her a block away. She was at the top of the pecking order - including the ducks who left her alone.  We miss her eggs though - she was re-homed to a more rural area.

Sussex
Description:

Originated and bred in Sussex England as table fowl, the Speckled Sussex weigh in at 9 lbs. for a rooster and 7 lbs. for a hen. Their feathers are mahogany bay, tipped in white and roosters sport greenish-black tail feathers. This is a rare breed and listed as threatened with less than 1000 breeding flocks in the US.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeDual Purpose
CombSingle
BroodinessAverage
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesSpeckled Sussex, Light Sussex
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA Class
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Speckled Sussex, Light Sussex

Breed Details:

I very much enjoy my small flock of Speckled Sussex. They are among the most curious birds in my flock and full of personality. I get a light brown to brown egg each day from my girls. They are friendly and usually run to the door of the pen when they see me coming. My Sussex rooster is the quietest of all my roos and rarely crows. While he is sometimes over zealous with the girls, he has never shown any aggression towards any of us. Even my kids can walk up to him. I've had 2 of my girls go broody this spring, but I didn't let them set so I do not know wether they would make good mothers or not. When free ranging, they do quite well. Their feathers are always glossy and we enjoy watching them scratching for bugs. These are, by far, my most favorite breed for looks and for eggs.

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