Speckled Sussex

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
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    Egg Size:
    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,

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Recent User Reviews

  1. 72Chevelle
    "Super Friendly"
    Pros - Calm, Friendly, Fun
    Cons - None so far!
    I can only speak for our two SS, but they are my favorite breed out of the several breeds that we own. The two SS are the first hens to run up to us after work and ask for treats. They let our two young boys hold them and even chase the boys around the yard in the afternoon. They are far more friendly than our other hens including the EEs and RIRs.
  2. Butterflies
    "Chatty, curious and full of personality!"
    Pros - Extremely friendly, beautiful colours, good layers, lovely temperament, sociable and adventurous
    Cons - Very talkative and loud (if you don't like that kind of thing), a little too curious for their own good, and can be a little skiddish if they don't know you
    My Speckled Sussex, Beatrix, is a sweetheart to her very core. She is talkative, protective and kind to the other hens, and incredibly chatty. She will give you all the coop gossip and more, all the while following you around the garden while you do things. Sussex's have proven to be incredibly lovely chickens to own, and absolutely stunning to look at. She's not aggressive, flighty or in any way timid. Definitely recommend to new chook owners, and owners with kids and other pets (dogs/cats, etc).
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  3. bullrunslabs
    "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.

User Comments

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  1. chicklette49
    My hens are stunning with a hint of teal in their brown and white speckles. I have three and they have very different personalities. One is docile all the time and the other two are a little bossy and hang with the "in crowd". My girls have three distinctive clicks. The leaders, the followers and the get out of the way I am not competing with you I'll take what I can get girls left in the "They are picking on me group". :bow
  2. rlhagan56
    I got 10 Speckled Sussex from Cackle Hatchery and not only are they beautiful, but they are friendly, calm, curious, and excellent layers! Mine started laying at 19 weeks and still laying large light brown eggs. This has become my favorite breed overall!
  3. chicknmania
    We've had chickens for eleven years and have never, ever, had a hen go broody outside the barn, but one of our SS pullets is broody and she has her nest hidden somewhere in our woods. :barnieI can't find it anywhere! And she is very secretive so hard to follow. We are worried about her and potential chicks, and it's so annoying! Other than that, they are sweet tempered, friendly and curious birds, and very pretty.
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Speckled Sussex, Rhode Island Reds, Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skiddish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
  5. kidcody
    Ginger a beautiful chicken with a tremendous about pride...she will be trmendly missed by all!!!
  6. LuckysMum
    I have 3 speckled Sussex's and mine are very calm too. They are a lovely chocken.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. outdoorbunny
    I love my speckled girls. I have several different breeds but my speckled Sussex are my favorites!
  10. 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.

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