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. besorto
    "Friendly chatter boxes!"
    Pros - talkative, keeps me company in the yard, big brown eggs everyday, beautiful colors, great mama.
    Cons - a bit TOO chatty sometimes
    I love my little ss hen "noffy" to death. She loves to sit on my shoulders and chat away while I tend to the flower beds. She also tolerates being held by the children in the house. She's the nicest little bugger!
  2. 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.
  3. 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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User Comments

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  1. Coopacabana
    aren't they great? Beautiful, hardy, friendly, not aggressive but not pushovers, good layers... I could go on.. and on... and on. Mine was even grabbed by the bob cat, but my dad saved her. She is fine except she now barely tolerates being picked up, and I don't blame her. She still comes over and stands near my feet and accepts treat, though. I love her!
  2. PurpleLotus
    Oh and the picture above does NOT do any justice to the breed. When they're young they look like little sparrows, but as they get their full adult feathers the speckling comes out. It is supposed to get "specklier" with each molt.
  3. ericnash
    I love the speckled sussex breed! They are a beautiful bird with a unique sound!
  4. chickencowranch
    i have 5. 3 have white around their head. The other 2 are dark colored. The one I suspect is a rooster. I've never seen this breed before actually getting them from TSC. I like them so far.
  5. fettslady
    I was only going to get one speckled sussex in our first mixed flock - but I now will be getting at least two! Thanks for the review :)
  6. PurpleLotus
    Oh and I will add that I had originally ordered two in my mixed flock. Well one of mine ended up being a roo. We kept him until he was around 20 weeks old or so (then he went to a friend's farm) and he was very sweet and good natured as well. And if you think the hens are pretty, he was gorgeous!
  7. Penpike
    My speckled sussex is still a chick. When we 1st got her at 4 days old, she was a tiny bit bigger than the other 2 chicks (a cucoomaran and a welsummer, i spelled those wrong) and within a week she had grown so big and had so many feathers she seemed to be about 3 or 4 weeks old while the others still were all fuzzy. Now the other chicks have caught up to her at about 3 weeks and she is the perfect chick with beautiful white chest feathers and a sweet and loving and curious personality!
  8. annies737
    we love them 2 she allways lays an egg and talks to me all the time! shes bossy with the others but not nastey and she loves her cuddles and food, she just pips the post on the chocolate/black marans as they are calm and sweet n gentle,but for carachter she wins!
  9. chickencowranch
    I have 2 hens and 3 accidental roos. I got mine from TSC. I nver heard of them before so I bought them to try for my first backyard chicken adventure. They are nice chickens. The hens are bossy with the other hens like the other posters said. None lay eggs yet. they are all friendly, but I do stay on guard around the roos just in case.
  10. Toro
    I love mine...

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