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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. Turk Raphael
    So, I gather this is a fun-loving, in-your-face kind of bird, huh? To me, that might be a downer, if you can't walk for having them under-foot.

    After you have had them through a winter and they have shown what they are made of, please write another review, giving details about their value as poultry and not a 'chum'. If they really work out to be good layers, I might give them a try. Thanks in advance!
  2. BooeyBird
    I just got an SS pullet. She's about 1 month old and we named her Pox (as in chicken pox
    because all of the dots she has on her). She's in with our 1 month old silkie x cochin cross and our 2 month old ameraucana. They get along great!
  3. Outpost JWB
    My SS are definitely more curious than the other breeds. Our roo ran around our back yard last year when he was 3months old, eating leeches while the other chickens were scared of them. They are not the friendliest though. Last year we had a SS hen that got sick. When we isolated her, she grew closer to us. She sadly passed away:( I only have one buff orp and she is very friendly. Our RIR have proven to be the friendliest ones we have had.
  4. N F C
    We got 2 SS chicks with our Murray McMurray order and they are now about 10 days old. They are the prettiest chicks of the various breeds we got. They are very curious, both about what all the other chicks are busy doing and about us. So far they don't like to be picked up but they will come right up to eat out of our hands so I'm thinking they will make friends with us soon enough. It will be fun to see how their speckles change as they get older.
  5. foghornleghorn9
    I have some pullets - about 6 weeks old. They're still young but they seem very aloof. They are in with some buff orps. The buff orps are very flighty for some reason - not like my buff orp hens at all. Are your SS friendly? Mine seem curious but still haven't readily let me pet them or stay still with me. They are already very beautiful. These are my first SS and I can tell you that pics don't do them justice. They are truly beautiful birds and I hope they will be friendly. Appreciate your opinion/answers. Thanks and God Bless.

    Tommy D
  6. Outpost JWB
    We have a SS Roo. He is little over a year. He is much meaner than our other roos. He will flog or bite anyone who gets near him. I constantly have scratch marks from him. Loves his girls, but does not like people. He will wait until the girls have eaten (clucking the whole time they are eating,) then he will eat. My girls are sweeties so far, but they are young.
  7. Sandrachx
    by anyone, do you mean human? or chicken? if human, and you want them to be super friendly, you could pick them up and hold them gently on a regular basis while still young, speaking to them in a quiet voice. they will get used to you and not run as far away. but they may always be a little stand-offish.
  8. foghornleghorn9
    I have my first SS and they are about a month old now but don't let anyone get near them. Is this how they usually are as babes?
  9. Sandrachx
    on of my favorite breeds. know up front that they are chatty, chatty, chatty birds! they will talk with you nonstop until you feed them - and not plain ole' food - treats (scratch).
  10. Anuthatch
    Wonderful! I got my first chics last week. 4 SS pullets. We started with 5 but one was too weak upon arrival. I hope mine grow up to be nice hens. I'd love to have a hen raise some chicks some day.

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