Hi there everybody. First post on this thread. Until recently I (thought) I only had a couple of hatchery Sussex hens, so nothing much to talk about there. However, I recently found out my "Jubilee Orpington" cock was actually a Speckled Sussex. I've only ever used him in mutt breedings for DP offspring, so it didn't occur to me until recently to scrutinize his shape and color; I got him a couple years back, and he was my first ever "breeder stock" bird - I hardly even knew what the difference between hatchery and breeder stock was at the time, and so I took them at their word that I was buying an Orpington. But after some help from the folks on some of the Orpington threads, I'm pretty darned sure he's a Sussex. I'm not terribly disappointed - a good bird is a good bird - although this does come a month after purchasing a very nice (and, unfortunately, pricey) Orpington hen to breed with him - no clue what to do with her now, lol.
However, I am considering purchasing a few breeder stock Sussex hens to go with him. But before I do, I was hoping to get an opinion on how well he fits the standard. I don't think
he's a hatchery stock bird - he seems just too big for that, and too well built - but honestly, I don't know much of anything about Sussex, beyond my interactions with hatchery birds, and a glance at the standard on the first page of this thread. Can anybody with an experienced eye tell me how good of a specimen he is? The main flaws I've picked out are the large amounts of white in his sickles and primaries/secondaries, and a poor comb, but like I said, I don't know much about Sussex, so he could be much worse off than that.