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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. Banaynaychicken
    I recently purchased a 3 month old SS pullet baby, who is extra Speckly on her front half, she is the most darling little girl! She is technically my dads bird (He picked her out for MY bday XD) She is very curious, and is very pretty, she gets along well with the 3 month old EE that I got for My birthday, they are like two apples from the same branch. I have a quick Question though, what color eggs to SS's lay?
  2. coop410silkies
    I have a nice Heritage pair of SS which I'm hoping will give me some eggs for hatching soon. The hen is VERY mild mannered, but this morning, when my two hatchery SS hens got into her coop for treats, they got a great big "what for." My three hatchery SS are assertive feeders, possibly even obnoxious, but the heritage hens are much better mannered. Also, my Heritage SS lay bigger and more eggs and can easily go broody. My hatchery SS have never shown an inclination to sit eggs in the three years I've had them, and I've been impressed by neither the number nor size of their eggs. The hens are all personable, if that makes a difference, but, for the most part, SS Roos have been the bane of my existence.
  3. coop410silkies
    Yes, I agree that the Roos can be aggressive. I use Beekissed's switch technique to teach them a little respect, and it works without anybody getting hurt.
  4. Banaynaychicken
    I may have a speckled sussex, but im not actually sure!. she looks like a Chantecler to me, with a speckled face.
  5. shell shocked
    i have to agree i have a speckled sussex my wife named her pudding cos thats what
    she looks like she is a great pet i have found the two other sussex one light and a silver
    are just the same the silver sits on my shoulder when i am cleaning their house out
    all in all a very good breed
  6. 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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  7. acemario
    Their first eggs were small and round--more of a tannish-brown color. They were similar to a golf ball, only slightly oval. :) Does that help?
  8. MeeMa Brown
    What color and size were her first eggs. I have a mixed flock and want to distinguish who's eggs come from whom. Photos appreciated
  9. N F C
    The favorite all-round breed in my mixed flock!
  10. SouthGaRoo
    I love my Speckled Sussex.They are a very easy going breed,good backyard bird. I have only hens no roos, so not sure about the boys. My girls do like to talk,they tell me everything that has happened in the run that day while i was at work..So only Pros from me

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