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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
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    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. 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
  2. hellbender
    Re-home? Why put trouble at someone else's door? Either eat it or trash-bag it.
  3. lovepoultry8009
    yeah I had a male SS and I loved him more then anything I completely agree with you
  4. N F C
    The SS are some of my favorites in our mixed flock too. Beautiful to look at and sweet natured birds.
  5. silkiecuddles
    I raised my SS rooster with his hens from chicks (got them at Meyer), but lately he's become more aggressive, towards me and the other roosters. Hopefully he won't turn on me.
    My SS hens are very good at going way into the woods where they can't hear me at suppertime. Freaks me out every time. They are all so friendly I have to chase them off the porch!
    1. chickenmeadow
      When ever I had a rooster hit that "cocky" age & challenge me, I took a farmers advice. Get calm & brave, wear a sweatshirt jacket (protect from scratches), swiftly pick roo up, hold close to your body (under 1 arm)/away from face/avoid the flapping, walk around in front of the hens for 5 min., put him gently down. He will be embarrassed in front of his gals, won't want that to happen again & will stay away. It worked every time for me, 1 roo needed 2 walks, was fine after that.
      chickenmeadow, Feb 6, 2018
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  6. coop410silkies
    Swedish Flower, wish I could give you one of my extra Cocks. I read not too long ago, while researching behavior genetics in chickens, that chickens inherit their behavior traits from their mother. So while you think you will be getting rid of the aggression by replacing the Roo, it is better, for breeding, if you replace the hen, too. It is ironic that the forward, assertive people oriented behavior I so adore in my hatchery hens translates into human aggression for the Roo. My heritage hens are not nearly so fearless and forward as my hatchery hens (but they are sweet, nonetheless). Funny.
  7. SwedishFlower13
    Wish I could find Heritage around here...may have to replace my rooster if he doesn't chill out soon.
  8. coop410silkies
    I love my Speckled Sussex. My hens have singled me out as their personal property and just make me happy. Some people call them friendly, but in truth, they are committed and expert cadgers. I have both hatchery and Heritage SS, and they seem like different breeds, as different as American is from British. My hatchery cock, though a darling boy as a chick and young cockerel, became aggressive and murderous as he got older, towards both me and uncooperative hens alike. Then he became soup. My Heritage SS cock takes care of his hens properly and comports himself with dignity and good manners around people. SS: in your face - or by your side? A matter of perspective.
  9. N F C
    I have 3 SS in our mixed flock and they are beautiful girls. 2 of the 3 are friendly and enjoy being petted (although not held). They do seem to be at the bottom of the pecking order but have learned to keep their distance from the other birds so they get along ok. I really like them and would always make room in a flock for them.
  10. Kluk-Kluk
    I have only one Speckled Sussex hen, and she's my favorite bird out of the eleven chickens of eight different breeds that I have. My fondness for her isn't based on her good looks (she's good looking, but some of the others are cuter), but on her ultra friendly personality. She's six months old. I raised her from the time she was three days old. At first I called her my "wild woman." She did NOT NOT NOT like to be handled, and she scratched me every time I took her out of the brooder until I learned to hold her really firmly. Then suddenly - she became my friendliest bird. No scratching, no trying to get away. She is the first to come to me, loves to be scratched, petted, picked up, handled. She's becoming the entire family's favorite because of her outgoing personality. And she is talkative, like yours. Probably the most talkative of my eleven.

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