Speckled Sussex

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    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. akdickens
    "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
    "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
    "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. LuckysMum
    I have 3 speckled Sussex's and mine are very calm too. They are a lovely chocken.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. outdoorbunny
    I love my speckled girls. I have several different breeds but my speckled Sussex are my favorites!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. N F C
    Sounds just like my SS, love them!
  9. 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!
  10. 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.

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