Speckled Sussex

Average User Rating:
4.48315/5,
  • 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:

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    Rooster


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    Chick



    Adolescent


Recent User Reviews

  1. akdickens
    5/5,
    "Friendliest Chickens I Have"
    My Speckled Sussex hens are, by far, the friendliest chickens i’ve ever had. As soon as I walk out the door they come running and they follow me everywhere. Cleaning the coop is a bit challenging because they are always at my feet and want to see what I’m doing. I highly recommend this breed!
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  2. besorto
    5/5,
    "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!
  3. 72Chevelle
    5/5,
    "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.

User Comments

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  1. coop410silkies
    I have a number of SS AND I have bred and am breeding them. My first birds were from a hatchery, and they were all the good things people have reported with exception of being poor egg layers. The poorest egg layer turned out to be a wonderful little boy, and before I could shoot a rabbit, we had several more from the Incubator. The wonderful little boy had since turned into the monster from the Lagoon and ended up in a stew pot, as did his wonderful little offspring males. The little hen sibling was gorgeous with a very friendly "kiss me" personality. I liked these birds and became interested in breeding them, more to size and type at first, and I made a cross country trip to purchase a breeder's Heritage breeding pen. These birds were definitely SS and quite beautiful. AND they were quite different. For one thing, the cock was a gentleman, not a raging homi-gallocidal maniac. The girls were very docile, but somewhat shy - not at all like my hatchery girls - and they were not the vigorous eager to explore foragers I had expected. They didn't lay for months. All that said, you should know that, even in their third year now, they are laying well. They are beautiful, easily managed hens, and they do go broody. Their offspring hens lay VERY well, and the Cocks, though slow to mature, are capable of reaching some size and are of good temperament. They are a challenge to breed to SOP. My opinion about these birds says that they can vary a lot according to their heritage line or strain. Temperament counts in my breeding program, and it is said to come from the Moms. If you choose to breed these birds - and you want Cocks with decent temperaments - choose carefully among your hens; the brightest, most confident, eager and "friendly" hen may not produce the best Cocks. Voice of experience and word to the wise.
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  2. MuddyHillFarm
    just hatched out 11 the other week. looking forward to having a self generating flock so I don't have to incubate every year
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  3. 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!
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  4. kidcody
  5. chickenmeadow
    Off to a great start! Put 3 SS pullets in my brooder last night; my hubby & I both agree that they are the calmest chicks that we've ever had in the brooder. They just look at us & don't run. Best wishes.
  6. chickenmeadow
    Just ordered my first 3 Speckled Sussex pullet chicks (Ideal hatchery) to add to my Blk Australorp & Ameraucana flock that prove to be a good combo for year-round laying here in Oregon. Have had my eye on this breed for a while because of their beauty & general traits am really looking forward to watching them develop & lay. Mine all just live their protected lives out in the mountains here.

    Does anyone have an understanding of hatchery vs heritage SS purchases that could produce more obnoxious roos when they mature? Are the hatchery hens chosen as more aggressive for breeding purposes? There have been many comments about their SS roos being more aggressive.
  7. morrowsl
    We have four SS. Beautiful birds. Not the least bit friendly.:( Hopefully that will improve when they start to lay.
  8. SaraGZ
    I only have the one and though she must be 9/10 months old she's never laid. When should she start laying?
  9. 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
  10. 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!

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