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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  1. outdoorbunny
    I love my speckled girls. I have several different breeds but my speckled Sussex are my favorites!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. N F C
    Sounds just like my SS, love them!
  6. 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!
  7. coop410silkies
    My SS hens - both the hatchery and the Heritage - lay a very light beige to a creamy tan egg; the hatchery strain's are about medium in size, and the Heritage hens' are a size larger. I have two lines of Heritage Light Sussex as well; they have basically the same size and color as eggs as the Heritage SS, only the the color of one's strain's eggs are slightly pinkish-beige. All this is to say, I think the color can vary a bit according to the strain. Your SS should have white legs and lay eggs in this color range.
  8. Banaynaychicken
    I recently purchased a 3 month old SS pullet baby, who is extra Speckly on her front half, she is the most darling little girl! She is technically my dads bird (He picked her out for MY bday XD) She is very curious, and is very pretty, she gets along well with the 3 month old EE that I got for My birthday, they are like two apples from the same branch. I have a quick Question though, what color eggs to SS's lay?
  9. coop410silkies
    I have a nice Heritage pair of SS which I'm hoping will give me some eggs for hatching soon. The hen is VERY mild mannered, but this morning, when my two hatchery SS hens got into her coop for treats, they got a great big "what for." My three hatchery SS are assertive feeders, possibly even obnoxious, but the heritage hens are much better mannered. Also, my Heritage SS lay bigger and more eggs and can easily go broody. My hatchery SS have never shown an inclination to sit eggs in the three years I've had them, and I've been impressed by neither the number nor size of their eggs. The hens are all personable, if that makes a difference, but, for the most part, SS Roos have been the bane of my existence.
  10. coop410silkies
    Yes, I agree that the Roos can be aggressive. I use Beekissed's switch technique to teach them a little respect, and it works without anybody getting hurt.

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