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!
  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!
    Better Than Rubies likes this.
  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.
    Better Than Rubies likes this.

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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. foghornleghorn9
    I have some pullets - about 6 weeks old. They're still young but they seem very aloof. They are in with some buff orps. The buff orps are very flighty for some reason - not like my buff orp hens at all. Are your SS friendly? Mine seem curious but still haven't readily let me pet them or stay still with me. They are already very beautiful. These are my first SS and I can tell you that pics don't do them justice. They are truly beautiful birds and I hope they will be friendly. Appreciate your opinion/answers. Thanks and God Bless.

    Tommy D
  5. Outpost JWB
    We have a SS Roo. He is little over a year. He is much meaner than our other roos. He will flog or bite anyone who gets near him. I constantly have scratch marks from him. Loves his girls, but does not like people. He will wait until the girls have eaten (clucking the whole time they are eating,) then he will eat. My girls are sweeties so far, but they are young.
  6. Sandrachx
    by anyone, do you mean human? or chicken? if human, and you want them to be super friendly, you could pick them up and hold them gently on a regular basis while still young, speaking to them in a quiet voice. they will get used to you and not run as far away. but they may always be a little stand-offish.
  7. foghornleghorn9
    I have my first SS and they are about a month old now but don't let anyone get near them. Is this how they usually are as babes?
  8. Sandrachx
    on of my favorite breeds. know up front that they are chatty, chatty, chatty birds! they will talk with you nonstop until you feed them - and not plain ole' food - treats (scratch).
  9. Anuthatch
    Wonderful! I got my first chics last week. 4 SS pullets. We started with 5 but one was too weak upon arrival. I hope mine grow up to be nice hens. I'd love to have a hen raise some chicks some day.
  10. kellgirl360
    Thank you! I will!

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