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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 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. coop410silkies
    I have a number of SS AND I have bred and am breeding them. My first birds were from a hatchery, and they were all the good things people have reported with exception of being poor egg layers. The poorest egg layer turned out to be a wonderful little boy, and before I could shoot a rabbit, we had several more from the Incubator. The wonderful little boy had since turned into the monster from the Lagoon and ended up in a stew pot, as did his wonderful little offspring males. The little hen sibling was gorgeous with a very friendly "kiss me" personality. I liked these birds and became interested in breeding them, more to size and type at first, and I made a cross country trip to purchase a breeder's Heritage breeding pen. These birds were definitely SS and quite beautiful. AND they were quite different. For one thing, the cock was a gentleman, not a raging homi-gallocidal maniac. The girls were very docile, but somewhat shy - not at all like my hatchery girls - and they were not the vigorous eager to explore foragers I had expected. They didn't lay for months. All that said, you should know that, even in their third year now, they are laying well. They are beautiful, easily managed hens, and they do go broody. Their offspring hens lay VERY well, and the Cocks, though slow to mature, are capable of reaching some size and are of good temperament. They are a challenge to breed to SOP. My opinion about these birds says that they can vary a lot according to their heritage line or strain. Temperament counts in my breeding program, and it is said to come from the Moms. If you choose to breed these birds - and you want Cocks with decent temperaments - choose carefully among your hens; the brightest, most confident, eager and "friendly" hen may not produce the best Cocks. Voice of experience and word to the wise.
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  2. MuddyHillFarm
    just hatched out 11 the other week. looking forward to having a self generating flock so I don't have to incubate every year
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  3. 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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  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. morrowsl
    We have four SS. Beautiful birds. Not the least bit friendly.:( Hopefully that will improve when they start to lay.
  9. SaraGZ
    I only have the one and though she must be 9/10 months old she's never laid. When should she start laying?
  10. 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

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