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. Banaynaychicken
    I may have a speckled sussex, but im not actually sure!. she looks like a Chantecler to me, with a speckled face.
  2. shell shocked
    i have to agree i have a speckled sussex my wife named her pudding cos thats what
    she looks like she is a great pet i have found the two other sussex one light and a silver
    are just the same the silver sits on my shoulder when i am cleaning their house out
    all in all a very good breed
  3. 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.
  4. acemario
    Their first eggs were small and round--more of a tannish-brown color. They were similar to a golf ball, only slightly oval. :) Does that help?
  5. MeeMa Brown
    What color and size were her first eggs. I have a mixed flock and want to distinguish who's eggs come from whom. Photos appreciated
  6. N F C
    The favorite all-round breed in my mixed flock!
  7. SouthGaRoo
    I love my Speckled Sussex.They are a very easy going breed,good backyard bird. I have only hens no roos, so not sure about the boys. My girls do like to talk,they tell me everything that has happened in the run that day while i was at work..So only Pros from me
  8. hellbender
    Re-home? Why put trouble at someone else's door? Either eat it or trash-bag it.
  9. lovepoultry8009
    yeah I had a male SS and I loved him more then anything I completely agree with you
  10. N F C
    The SS are some of my favorites in our mixed flock too. Beautiful to look at and sweet natured birds.

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