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Speckled Sussex

Average User Rating:
4.45882/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    brown tinted
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Speckled and Light
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • 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,




    Breed Details:





    Chicken Breed Photos:

    Primary Image




    Rooster


    Hen


    Egg



    Chick



    Adolescent


Recent User Reviews

  1. bullrunslabs
    4/5,
    "Determined little ladies!"
    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.
    Overall:
    4.5
  2. PeepersMama
    1/5,
    "Wild chickens"
    Pros - pretty
    Cons - Crazy, don't like people
    I have never had a hen, but my friend bought me one, who was crazy, and then all her chickens got stolen. Then she got another one for herself, and that girl is crazy, and then I got one for me, and he turned out to be a roo, which sucks, but he is crazy, too. I would only get this breed from a good, quality breeder.
    Overall:
    1.5
  3. PrettySpeckleds
    5/5,
    "Wonderful!!"
    Pros - Friendly, beautiful, good layers
    Cons - None
    As a first time chicken owner I did my research and chose the Speckled Sussex. I have never regretted my choice! I absolutely LOVE this breed. The hens are super friendly. They will talk to you but are not noisy. If it weren't for our 2 roosters you would never know we had any chickens. They love to free range but never wander far. Their spots really help them stay camouflaged. We have had a total of 5 Speckled Sussex roosters. Our first is mean. We purchased him because the previous owner had "too many roosters". Personally, I think they knew he was mean and wanted to get rid of him. Our other 4 were great. We have re-homed 3 of them and the 4th one has become the king of the coop. He is great with his ladies, he puts the mean rooster in his place, even going after him when he tries to attack me. I highly recommend the breed, especially if you are a new chicken owner.
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. kidcody
    Ginger a beautiful chicken with a tremendous about pride...she will be trmendly missed by all!!!
  2. LuckysMum
    I have 3 speckled Sussex's and mine are very calm too. They are a lovely chocken.
  3. vachick15
    I got my two speckled sussexes from the local feed store, and they're so friendly and sweet. What do you mean by crazy? Because my birds are pretty calm.
  4. SuQMar
    I totally love them too. They were the second breed I tried. They were given to me by friends who got me started in chickens and they gave them up because they were too friendly. They love their chickens but they are pet pets for them. They fit here perfectly. they supervise everything I do talking all the time. They are great with my kids (4 & 7). Great layers.I only have 2 hens but would love to find a friendly (or at least good tempered)roo.
  5. outdoorbunny
    I love my speckled girls. I have several different breeds but my speckled Sussex are my favorites!
  6. coop410silkies
    I have a number of SS and they fit the profile you've described. They are a hardy, adaptable breed that can take the heat and the cold. I am trying to raise a few. Much of the type, size, and vigor of this breed has been lost over the years, and it is not easy to find stock that meets its SOP. Every single one of all the roosters I have raised has been fierce, human and hen aggressive, and difficult to manage - not of just one line, but of at least three separate lines. They are my only complaint about this breed.
  7. sbhkma
    My experience has been quite the opposite. My 2 SS LOVE to be held and petted. One of them (she has been featured in the "chicken pic of the week" here) actually jumps out of the coop at night when I go to lock them up and then waits for me to pick her up, pet and cuddle her and then put her back "in bed". They come running (SO funny to watch) when I call them and are amazingly reliable layers. The eggs are smaller than my cuckoo marans, but they're 3 1/2 years old and laying 5 eggs a week. If you have kids and want pet chickens, this is a wonderful breed.
  8. duluthralphie
    I can only pick up two breeds of the birds I raise. The SS and the Cx's. These girls are sweethearts, but the rooster gets jealous easy.
  9. N F C
    Sounds just like my SS, love them!
  10. MeeMa Brown
    What an awesome breed for this beginner. The two Speckled Sussex are now 8 months old. They are such good hens, having little molt in fall and only a couple weeks rest from laying in January during the cold snap. JACKIE and GRACE are second of pecking order after the big heritage Rhode Island Reds. They forage very nicelly and are best friends, staying close in th yard and checkkng on each other at dusk when heading back to the coop. A verry enjoyable breed!

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