Pros: dual purpose, cold hardy, super moms, extra large eggs
Cons: way too broody to get enough eggs to eat
This review pertains ONLY to the imported Sussex, not the common Speckled or Light Sussex often found at feedstores/hatcheries.
I have some Coronation Split Sussex hens, one even a rare rumpless type, and let me first say - They're huge! If you're used to the average laying hen, these are some fluffy giant mommas!
They're very docile, friendly, cold hardy, produce a lot of meat on their bodies which makes for a great dual purpose bird, are super broody and super moms, will even take in other hen's chicks, but my only true complaint on them is that they're often so broody, they don't get much of a chance to lay. My remaining two hens (the last ones were taken after going broody in the back end of our rather wild pasture) give me an average 8 eggs each "round" before going broody again, but those eggs to me are always very precious and never eaten, as I find imported type Sussex make GREAT meat birds and dual purpose crosses. I always use the eggs to hatch out chicks to raise for meat projects or meat birds.