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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. 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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  2. SaraSue2014
    "My favorite breed thus far"
    Pros - smart, broody, good layers
    Cons - a little to smart for their own good
    This breed is my favorite thus far. We have had Speckled Sussex sine we started raising chickens in 2014. Speckled Sussex.jpg They are very docile towards other chickens unlike our Easter Eggers or Aracanas who are just plain bullies. They lay every day and through all seasons. They tend to be broodier than my other hens and did well raising their little ones. My only complain is they always fly out of the chicken lot when we are wanting them to stay in for whatever reason ( usually because we are gardening or planting grass seed.) However, I will say at least they also fly back in on their own and we never have to catch them.
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  3. 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!

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  1. Coopacabana
    aren't they great? Beautiful, hardy, friendly, not aggressive but not pushovers, good layers... I could go on.. and on... and on. Mine was even grabbed by the bob cat, but my dad saved her. She is fine except she now barely tolerates being picked up, and I don't blame her. She still comes over and stands near my feet and accepts treat, though. I love her!
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  2. PurpleLotus
    Oh and the picture above does NOT do any justice to the breed. When they're young they look like little sparrows, but as they get their full adult feathers the speckling comes out. It is supposed to get "specklier" with each molt.
  3. ericnash
    I love the speckled sussex breed! They are a beautiful bird with a unique sound!
  4. chickencowranch
    i have 5. 3 have white around their head. The other 2 are dark colored. The one I suspect is a rooster. I've never seen this breed before actually getting them from TSC. I like them so far.
  5. fettslady
    I was only going to get one speckled sussex in our first mixed flock - but I now will be getting at least two! Thanks for the review :)
  6. PurpleLotus
    Oh and I will add that I had originally ordered two in my mixed flock. Well one of mine ended up being a roo. We kept him until he was around 20 weeks old or so (then he went to a friend's farm) and he was very sweet and good natured as well. And if you think the hens are pretty, he was gorgeous!
  7. Penpike
    My speckled sussex is still a chick. When we 1st got her at 4 days old, she was a tiny bit bigger than the other 2 chicks (a cucoomaran and a welsummer, i spelled those wrong) and within a week she had grown so big and had so many feathers she seemed to be about 3 or 4 weeks old while the others still were all fuzzy. Now the other chicks have caught up to her at about 3 weeks and she is the perfect chick with beautiful white chest feathers and a sweet and loving and curious personality!
  8. annies737
    we love them 2 she allways lays an egg and talks to me all the time! shes bossy with the others but not nastey and she loves her cuddles and food, she just pips the post on the chocolate/black marans as they are calm and sweet n gentle,but for carachter she wins!
  9. chickencowranch
    I have 2 hens and 3 accidental roos. I got mine from TSC. I nver heard of them before so I bought them to try for my first backyard chicken adventure. They are nice chickens. The hens are bossy with the other hens like the other posters said. None lay eggs yet. they are all friendly, but I do stay on guard around the roos just in case.
  10. Toro
    I love mine...

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