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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 Sussex is a dual purpose breed that originated in England around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain in AD 43, making them one of the oldest known breeds. Today they are a popular breed for show exhibitions as well as a garden breed.

    The Sussex is an alert, docile breed that can adapt to any surroundings. They are comfortable in both free range or confined spaces and in the presence of humans, although they will mate and breed better in larger spaces. The breed frequently goes broody in the warmer months. They are good foragers and are generally vigorous and hardy as a garden fowl.

    Sussex egg

    Sussex chicks

    Sussex hen

    Sussex rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here:
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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. hypnozze
    "Speckled Sussex - Wonderful birds"
    Pros - Very gentle, curious, great foragers, good at hiding from hawks, good layers.
    Cons - Some say the eggs seem elongated however it does not bother me.
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  2. BReeder!
    "Sweet, kid friendly, and a regular layer"
    Pros - Regular layer, medium-large eggs, friendly, great with kids
    Cons - can and will fly
    My experience with Sussex is limited to our single Speckled Sussex named Bear. She is by far my 21 month old son's favorite hen within our backyard flock of 7. Bear was named after a character in a favorite cartoon of my son's - we also have a GLW named Goldie. Bear let's my little guy pet her, comes running any time we enter the coop, and is willing to take handfed treats of seeds and leaves. My son likes to grab a long stemmed weed and let Bear eat the leaves -it looks like he is fishing for chickens. Bear is willing to be held, and is always my go to when guests come over and want to see the chickens. I'll pick her up and she'll let anybody pet her. She'll even let my son pick her up - which I have to be careful of since he doesn't really pick her up the safest way. Yet Bear doesn't squawk or peck. She let's him carry her around. Additionally, we can count a 4-5 eggs a week from her so far. She is still young, but the eggs are bigger than our GLW's (same age and started laying about the same time). Additionally, she started laying at 16 weeks old - early layer for sure.

    I noted as a con, that the Sussex can and will fly. This is because our Bear has flown over the coop that stand over 5' tall and I've seen her fly at my eye level (I'm 5'10") a distance of over 10' just because she wanted to get around the garden fence to be by us. The chicken run is surrounded in 6' fence though and she (nor any of our other chickens) has not flown over the tall fence

    Lastly, I cannot nor will I ever be able to comment on their meat quality. That's because our Sussex, Bear, has won over our hearts and is part of the family. The Sussex is a great breed for any backyard chicken keeper.
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    Purchase Date:
    March 2018
  3. chickenmom22
    "A beautiful chicken breed"
    Pros - Beautiful chickens that lay a lot of eggs, and are very hardy and intelligent
    Cons - Tend to be more on the independent side
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User Comments

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  1. lexilovee
    They are my all time favorite breed of chicken! Beautiful, sweet and spectacular layers! I personally, think everyone should have at least a few in their flock.
  2. Dams 123
    I think they are one of the best breeds of Chicken!!!:))
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  3. Chook Newby
    Gorgeous birds :love
  4. kidcody
  5. chickenmeadow
    Off to a great start! Put 3 SS pullets in my brooder last night; my hubby & I both agree that they are the calmest chicks that we've ever had in the brooder. They just look at us & don't run. Best wishes.
  6. chickenmeadow
    Just ordered my first 3 Speckled Sussex pullet chicks (Ideal hatchery) to add to my Blk Australorp & Ameraucana flock that prove to be a good combo for year-round laying here in Oregon. Have had my eye on this breed for a while because of their beauty & general traits am really looking forward to watching them develop & lay. Mine all just live their protected lives out in the mountains here.

    Does anyone have an understanding of hatchery vs heritage SS purchases that could produce more obnoxious roos when they mature? Are the hatchery hens chosen as more aggressive for breeding purposes? There have been many comments about their SS roos being more aggressive.
  7. morrowsl
    We have four SS. Beautiful birds. Not the least bit friendly.:( Hopefully that will improve when they start to lay.
  8. SaraGZ
    I only have the one and though she must be 9/10 months old she's never laid. When should she start laying?
  9. chicklette49
    My hens are stunning with a hint of teal in their brown and white speckles. I have three and they have very different personalities. One is docile all the time and the other two are a little bossy and hang with the "in crowd". My girls have three distinctive clicks. The leaders, the followers and the get out of the way I am not competing with you I'll take what I can get girls left in the "They are picking on me group". :bow
  10. rlhagan56
    I got 10 Speckled Sussex from Cackle Hatchery and not only are they beautiful, but they are friendly, calm, curious, and excellent layers! Mine started laying at 19 weeks and still laying large light brown eggs. This has become my favorite breed overall!
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