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Chicken Breeds item created by bilbothebanty, Apr 12, 2012
Pros - Great mothers, consistent layers, beautiful.
Cons - Often escape.
I have 8 hens and 1 rooster. "Red" our rooster, will NOT stay in the coop and run. He will come in to eat and service a few ladies, but chooses to spend his time outside the yard, watching things. He does a wonderful job protecting the hens and chicks from predators. I have mixed breed flock, but find speckled chicks in every flock that has hatched. The hens are a medium sized hen, who lay nice sized eggs for their small body size. They lay consistently, but do go broody. When they go broody, they are very determined to keep their nests. I have had to keep each one on a nest, as they will drive themselves crazy trying to brood. When you disturb them while laying, even when not broody, they let you know they are displeased by squawking at you. When they are not broody, they are some of the sweetest birds I have raised. It catches me off guard every time one jumps on my shoulder! They will sit right next to you, allow the kids to pack them around, and even rub up on our dogs. They are very curious, and will jump in your car or house if you leave a window open.
Pros - pretty
Cons - Crazy, don't like people
I have never had a hen, but my friend bought me one, who was crazy, and then all her chickens got stolen. Then she got another one for herself, and that girl is crazy, and then I got one for me, and he turned out to be a roo, which sucks, but he is crazy, too. I would only get this breed from a good, quality breeder.
Pros - Friendly, beautiful, good layers
Cons - None
As a first time chicken owner I did my research and chose the Speckled Sussex. I have never regretted my choice! I absolutely LOVE this breed. The hens are super friendly. They will talk to you but are not noisy. If it weren't for our 2 roosters you would never know we had any chickens. They love to free range but never wander far. Their spots really help them stay camouflaged. We have had a total of 5 Speckled Sussex roosters. Our first is mean. We purchased him because the previous owner had "too many roosters". Personally, I think they knew he was mean and wanted to get rid of him. Our other 4 were great. We have re-homed 3 of them and the 4th one has become the king of the coop. He is great with his ladies, he puts the mean rooster in his place, even going after him when he tries to attack me. I highly recommend the breed, especially if you are a new chicken owner.
Pros - curious, smart, friendly, dog-like, good layer
Cons - A little TOO curious, loud
I love my Speckled Sussex! "Wynnie" is a sweetheart who I hatched in my mom's second grade classroom for a 4-H project and I adore her! She's the friendliest out of my little flock, and she always comes running to the door as I walk in. She is super dog-like, and she'll follow me into the house if I don't close the door fast enough! She's VERY curious, and sometimes pecks at my feet if I'm wearing new sandals or anything shiny. Definitely one of my smarter birds! She's always watching for the dog and runs for cover when shadows pass over head. She can be noisy when she's laying, and her cluck is much louder than the other birds. She's normally quiet, but when she is vocal you can always hear her! I love this breed, and I would totally recommend them to anyone with a bit of space who doesn;t mind noise!
Pros - Beautiful plumage, great personalities, hardy birds
Cons - Sometimes skiddish, lays eggs on the smaller side
I have one hen, her name is Lisma, that will walk right up to door and start asking for treats, she'll also slide past me and run into the hallway where the chick feed is because she thinks it tastes better! I have five other hens that I didn't name because they all look the same and aren't as friendly as Lisma, but they aren't as flighty as some of my other birds. Lisma is also a great show bird for 4-H, she'll stand on the table and let you pull out her wings, feet, move her head, anything! Speckled Sussex, along with Red Stars, have the biggest personalities.
Pros - Good layer, non-aggressive, beautiful
Cons - broody, Shy
I have 1 Speckled Sussex, and out of all my chickens, she is the most timid around people. I can literally walk up and grab any one of my other hens, but not Babs. She is a good layer, and if I were ever interested in hatching eggs, she'd be a great sitter.
I guess it depends on what you want in a chicken. I prefer more friendly breeds, so I probably wouldn't get another one.
Pros - Great forager, Passive, Gorgeous, Great layer, Curious
Cons - Too adventurous?
Great birds. Curious is the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe even too curious. They sometimes wander off too far, and lost one to a predator this way.
They run to say hi, I don't handle my birds much and can pick these up no problem, work outside all day scratching, relax and passive with other birds so makes for a calm coop, they are beautiful and lay lots of eggs. I can't think of a better bird.
I've tried various breed and this one trumps them all. Would highly recommend.
Pros - Gentle, Protective
Cons - slow to mature
My SS Chickadee is the top girl in my flock. She leads with an extremely gentle hand - er, wing - warning the flock, gathering and protecting the flock and rarely pecking or being bossy. She has a pair of lieutenants to do the dirty work. She allows the lowest bird to eat with her separately when the meanies have had their fill and moved on. She is an absolutely delightful bird to look at, round and plump with a delicate small head. I love the speckles and it is very good camouflage for a free-ranging bird. She was a very funny looking chick, way behind her brooder mates in development, so I'm delighted she turned out well. She is not the best layer, unfortunately, I think she had a small deformity or injury to her vent as a chick and her eggs are often misshapen and rough, that's just her and not the breed, I imagine. She is definitely stalwart, stands up to the dogs but has a sweet and gentle manner. She's much more interested in her fellow hens then in people, but she'll let me pick her up.
Pros - Daily layer.
Cons - None.
I have a Speckled Sussex named Patrick (after Patrick Stump, lead singer of Fall Out Boy. Yes, she is a hen.) She lays daily, and is very pretty. Gets along great with the other hens, and is very curious. Always getting into the garden. A little skittish with me, but probably just because she is new to the flock and hasn't had a lot of human contact. Got her at 4 months, is going on 7 now!
Pros - Good layers
Cons - Roosters are a little aggressive
I love my speckled sussex hens! we have a hen named susan, (we call her one-eyed susan which is a pun after the flower, black-eyed susan) and she is a goofy little bird. Her tail is at a 90 degree angle sideways and she has one blind eye. She is quite the comical little bird. She is an excellent layer and treats the other chickens very nicely. My other sussex hens are also very friendly.