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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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    mzhof and BlackHackle like this.
  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. kidcody
    Ginger a beautiful chicken with a tremendous about pride...she will be trmendly missed by all!!!
  2. LuckysMum
    I have 3 speckled Sussex's and mine are very calm too. They are a lovely chocken.
  3. vachick15
    I got my two speckled sussexes from the local feed store, and they're so friendly and sweet. What do you mean by crazy? Because my birds are pretty calm.
  4. SuQMar
    I totally love them too. They were the second breed I tried. They were given to me by friends who got me started in chickens and they gave them up because they were too friendly. They love their chickens but they are pet pets for them. They fit here perfectly. they supervise everything I do talking all the time. They are great with my kids (4 & 7). Great layers.I only have 2 hens but would love to find a friendly (or at least good tempered)roo.
  5. outdoorbunny
    I love my speckled girls. I have several different breeds but my speckled Sussex are my favorites!
  6. coop410silkies
    I have a number of SS and they fit the profile you've described. They are a hardy, adaptable breed that can take the heat and the cold. I am trying to raise a few. Much of the type, size, and vigor of this breed has been lost over the years, and it is not easy to find stock that meets its SOP. Every single one of all the roosters I have raised has been fierce, human and hen aggressive, and difficult to manage - not of just one line, but of at least three separate lines. They are my only complaint about this breed.
  7. sbhkma
    My experience has been quite the opposite. My 2 SS LOVE to be held and petted. One of them (she has been featured in the "chicken pic of the week" here) actually jumps out of the coop at night when I go to lock them up and then waits for me to pick her up, pet and cuddle her and then put her back "in bed". They come running (SO funny to watch) when I call them and are amazingly reliable layers. The eggs are smaller than my cuckoo marans, but they're 3 1/2 years old and laying 5 eggs a week. If you have kids and want pet chickens, this is a wonderful breed.
  8. duluthralphie
    I can only pick up two breeds of the birds I raise. The SS and the Cx's. These girls are sweethearts, but the rooster gets jealous easy.
  9. N F C
    Sounds just like my SS, love them!
  10. MeeMa Brown
    What an awesome breed for this beginner. The two Speckled Sussex are now 8 months old. They are such good hens, having little molt in fall and only a couple weeks rest from laying in January during the cold snap. JACKIE and GRACE are second of pecking order after the big heritage Rhode Island Reds. They forage very nicelly and are best friends, staying close in th yard and checkkng on each other at dusk when heading back to the coop. A verry enjoyable breed!

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