Pros: They lay well, eye candy and useful, sweet

Cons: Roosters aggressive, have a tendency to wander

I have five Speckled Sussex, 1 rooster and 4 hens. I bought them from Meyer hatchery last year. I handled them constantly, and now they are all extremely sweet.

The rooster was handled as much and/or more, but of late he has suddenly become aggressive. We had company come over and he knocked their two-year old over, and he chased me. He will be going bye-bye soon.

As for the hens, they are great. They lay almost daily, none have gone broody so far. The only problem with them is they're wanderers and extremely inquisitive. They go way into the neighbor's yard, and into his road. Sooner or later someone's gonna get hit. Also, they come up on the porch looking around. Some people may like that, but mine poop all over it. 

Overall, though, if I could, I would probably get more. Hens only, of course.


Pros: Hardy, beautiful, filled with personality, fair layers, curious

Cons: Roo was a little stand offish, curious

Overall, I have really been pleased with the Sussex. I have only had the Speckled variety, but out of all the other color varieties I've seen, Speckled has been my favorite. As they molt, the birds develop more white in their feathers, enhancing the speckled look. It gives them more of a striking appearance. After my two girls' first molt, I noticed a difference immediately. Anyway, they really are a nice, attractive duel purpose breed, being good for the table and being a fair layer. I have yet to have one go broody, but I have heard they make fair mothers as well. My girls are some of the most personable in my flock. They have a sort of "sass" about them. And curiosity as a pro makes them pretty friendly. I listed curiosity as a con also because of the fact that their curiosity often gets them into trouble (it also gets them into cabinets, open trash barrels, cars and pretty much any door you leave open.) My roo Eugene was a little on the hateful side, however he was a big fat chicken (literally and metaphorically). He'd charge you, but if you turned around to face him, he'd shoot off like a bat outta hell in the opposite direction. All in all, a good breed to own.


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.


Pros: Friendly towards people, good brooders, quiet.

Cons: Aggressive towards lower ranking chickens, do not lay many eggs, lay small eggs.

My Sussex hens are friendly and curious and have more individual personality than any of the other four breeds I have. Personalities aside, mine have not stood out in either egg production or egg size and have been very aggressive towards lower ranking chickens. Four out of my five Speckled Sussex hens have some kind of deformity and/or had health problems at one time or another (e.g canker, constipation).  


Pros: Beautiful, friendly, inquisitive

Cons: None so far

I have a speckled Sussex pullet. Adrienne is one of the prettiest things I have in my flock. (Note: she is hopelessly in love with my red sex linked rooster, Rocky. Classic, right?) she is super curious, and easy to catch. Definetly a must have for any flock.


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.


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.


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...



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



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.


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.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
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
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.