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. JRobichaud
    I have two that look like this. I can't figure out if they are male or female! Does your girl have green feathers on her tail?
  2. Turk Raphael
    Sylvestor12...do NOT underestimate the bantams...some are tougher than pine knots.
  3. fatcatx
    Only one of ours would try and go broody but she could be easily dissuaded after a few days of pushing her off the nest. Our other one has shown no signs of broodiness - yet!
  4. chiklee
    The only bad thing about the Sussex is they all go broody at the same time . I had a hen house full of broody. 4 out of 6 at once. they fought over the nest and the eggs crazy little Hens But they are wonderful mothers. Very protective of their chicks . I like mine a lot. I will keep them my favorite breed .
  5. Julic
    I got 2 Speckled Sussex chicks about 3 weeks ago and I have fallen in love with one of them. My brooder has walls that are about 3 ft high. When I stand by it or lean down to talk to the chicks, she stretches her neck up high and will jump straight up in the air while looking at me. I will reach in to get her and she will stay still. This morning she climbed on my hand when I reached in. WHAT!? I have raised 23 chicks in that brooder and never had one that curious or friendly even when I held them all the time.
  6. foghornleghorn9
    Yes, I will be glad to write another review down the road. We live in AZ so we really don't have winter. The are handling the heat extremely well though. We have been over 100 degrees everyday for several weeks now. They are not the in-your-face annoying type at all. They are just curious and I have to admit, I encourage them to be under foot with me. I got them for their great eggs and to be more of a pet. A pet that gives me breakfast, but still a pet, lol. I will never be able to give you their value as poultry because I don't cull my birds. They die of old age (hopefully) and not for dinner. I don't knock it, it's just not for me. I have to be honest, I may start breeding my Speckled Sussex and perhaps my Silkies also. I'm getting soft in my old age, lol. Good luck with your birds. Thank you for your comment.
  7. Turk Raphael
    So, I gather this is a fun-loving, in-your-face kind of bird, huh? To me, that might be a downer, if you can't walk for having them under-foot.

    After you have had them through a winter and they have shown what they are made of, please write another review, giving details about their value as poultry and not a 'chum'. If they really work out to be good layers, I might give them a try. Thanks in advance!
  8. BooeyBird
    I just got an SS pullet. She's about 1 month old and we named her Pox (as in chicken pox
    because all of the dots she has on her). She's in with our 1 month old silkie x cochin cross and our 2 month old ameraucana. They get along great!
  9. Outpost JWB
    My SS are definitely more curious than the other breeds. Our roo ran around our back yard last year when he was 3months old, eating leeches while the other chickens were scared of them. They are not the friendliest though. Last year we had a SS hen that got sick. When we isolated her, she grew closer to us. She sadly passed away:( I only have one buff orp and she is very friendly. Our RIR have proven to be the friendliest ones we have had.
  10. N F C
    We got 2 SS chicks with our Murray McMurray order and they are now about 10 days old. They are the prettiest chicks of the various breeds we got. They are very curious, both about what all the other chicks are busy doing and about us. So far they don't like to be picked up but they will come right up to eat out of our hands so I'm thinking they will make friends with us soon enough. It will be fun to see how their speckles change as they get older.

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