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Chicken Breeds item created by bilbothebanty, Apr 12, 2012
Pros - Beautiful chickens that lay a lot of eggs, and are very hardy and intelligent
Cons - Tend to be more on the independent side
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.
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.
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!
Pros - talkative, keeps me company in the yard, big brown eggs everyday, beautiful colors, great mama.
Cons - a bit TOO chatty sometimes
I love my little ss hen "noffy" to death. She loves to sit on my shoulders and chat away while I tend to the flower beds. She also tolerates being held by the children in the house. She's the nicest little bugger!
Pros - Calm, Friendly, Fun
Cons - None so far!
I can only speak for our two SS, but they are my favorite breed out of the several breeds that we own. The two SS are the first hens to run up to us after work and ask for treats. They let our two young boys hold them and even chase the boys around the yard in the afternoon. They are far more friendly than our other hens including the EEs and RIRs.
Pros - Extremely friendly, beautiful colours, good layers, lovely temperament, sociable and adventurous
Cons - Very talkative and loud (if you don't like that kind of thing), a little too curious for their own good, and can be a little skiddish if they don't know you
My Speckled Sussex, Beatrix, is a sweetheart to her very core. She is talkative, protective and kind to the other hens, and incredibly chatty. She will give you all the coop gossip and more, all the while following you around the garden while you do things. Sussex's have proven to be incredibly lovely chickens to own, and absolutely stunning to look at. She's not aggressive, flighty or in any way timid. Definitely recommend to new chook owners, and owners with kids and other pets (dogs/cats, etc).
Pros - Great mothers, consistent layers, beautiful.
Cons - Often escape.
I have 8 hens and 1 rooster. "Red" our rooster, will NOT stay in the coop and run. He will come in to eat and service a few ladies, but chooses to spend his time outside the yard, watching things. He does a wonderful job protecting the hens and chicks from predators. I have mixed breed flock, but find speckled chicks in every flock that has hatched. The hens are a medium sized hen, who lay nice sized eggs for their small body size. They lay consistently, but do go broody. When they go broody, they are very determined to keep their nests. I have had to keep each one on a nest, as they will drive themselves crazy trying to brood. When you disturb them while laying, even when not broody, they let you know they are displeased by squawking at you. When they are not broody, they are some of the sweetest birds I have raised. It catches me off guard every time one jumps on my shoulder! They will sit right next to you, allow the kids to pack them around, and even rub up on our dogs. They are very curious, and will jump in your car or house if you leave a window open.
Pros - pretty
Cons - Crazy, don't like people
I have never had a hen, but my friend bought me one, who was crazy, and then all her chickens got stolen. Then she got another one for herself, and that girl is crazy, and then I got one for me, and he turned out to be a roo, which sucks, but he is crazy, too. I would only get this breed from a good, quality breeder.
Pros - Friendly, beautiful, good layers
Cons - None
As a first time chicken owner I did my research and chose the Speckled Sussex. I have never regretted my choice! I absolutely LOVE this breed. The hens are super friendly. They will talk to you but are not noisy. If it weren't for our 2 roosters you would never know we had any chickens. They love to free range but never wander far. Their spots really help them stay camouflaged. We have had a total of 5 Speckled Sussex roosters. Our first is mean. We purchased him because the previous owner had "too many roosters". Personally, I think they knew he was mean and wanted to get rid of him. Our other 4 were great. We have re-homed 3 of them and the 4th one has become the king of the coop. He is great with his ladies, he puts the mean rooster in his place, even going after him when he tries to attack me. I highly recommend the breed, especially if you are a new chicken owner.
Pros - curious, smart, friendly, dog-like, good layer
Cons - A little TOO curious, loud
I love my Speckled Sussex! "Wynnie" is a sweetheart who I hatched in my mom's second grade classroom for a 4-H project and I adore her! She's the friendliest out of my little flock, and she always comes running to the door as I walk in. She is super dog-like, and she'll follow me into the house if I don't close the door fast enough! She's VERY curious, and sometimes pecks at my feet if I'm wearing new sandals or anything shiny. Definitely one of my smarter birds! She's always watching for the dog and runs for cover when shadows pass over head. She can be noisy when she's laying, and her cluck is much louder than the other birds. She's normally quiet, but when she is vocal you can always hear her! I love this breed, and I would totally recommend them to anyone with a bit of space who doesn;t mind noise!