Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    brown, white and speckled
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Light, white, lavender, silver and buff
    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 chick

    Sussex juvenile

    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: classic dual purpose.
    when fattened correctly gourmet meat;
    excellent layers, especially the Light Sussex.

    Comb: single upright

    Broodiness: Familial. Make great winter layers if Feb. or March hatched. Good mothers

    Climate Tolerance: excellent, cold hardy

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: 260 per year

    Egg Size: large

    Egg Color: cream to light brown

    Breed Temperament:
    curious, friendly.

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Light; Red; Speckled; Silver; Buff; Brown; White;
    Cuckoo. Not all colors in both LF and Bantam. Only Light; Red; Speckled in both Large Fowl and Bantam are accepted by APA and ABA.

    Breed Details: Developed from old Kent and Surrey fowl in England. Classic book on the breed available online at:

    Chicken Breed Photos:

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Recent User Reviews

  1. murphy637k
    "A chatty compainion"
    Pros - Independent, pretends to be the boss, happy, friendly, chatty
    Cons - she will pester you untill she gets what she wants
    Lovely companion and enjoys company
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  2. Hens rule
    "Great chickens!"
    Pros - smart, friendly, affectionate, great layers
    Cons - none!
    We got my Light Sussex hen and her 2 flock mates from our neighbors who where moving to some city and couldnt have them anymore. Once they got here I knew they would be great foragers, they where finding worms left and right within minutes of being on the ground. The other 2 hens are Red/golden commits.
    She was a very friendly smart great layer of light brown eggs. Susexs are great foragers, great layers and are very smart. Frenchie was friendly not to just me but to the other hens too. Susexs usually get along with others well and have many friends in there flock. :) Her eggs were light brown like I said and were some what pointed at the tops which was funny.
  3. hicksfamily
    "Decent Chickens"
    Pros - Good layers
    Cons - Loud, mean, bullies
    My light sussex is very mean to me and the other chickens. I would not recommend this breed, get orpingtons instead.

User Comments

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  1. coop410silkies
    Meanness is not usual for this breed. They are a confident bird and can be assertive, especially at feeding time, and they may not like to cuddle or be picked up, but hostility is wrong for this bird. I have 9 hens, and they are all the most docile laid back birds I've kept (including RIR,SS, BR, and BA). I raised them from chicks, and they are my favorite bird. I have two lines of these, and the roosters of both are MELLOW. In general, they are model cocks: they can get along with each other, are friendly with their owner, and patient with their hens. This breed forages well, the hens lay reliably, go broody, are good mothers, and handle both the heat and the cold of northern Colorado well. The cocks are very susceptible to frostbite on their combs, however. The only con I can see is that the birds, especially the cocks, are heavy and are prone to foot injuries - and for that reason would rate them only a 5+.
  2. NeeCee51
    I have three Light Sussex hens and one rooster. The hens are mostly friendly but do not like to be held. The rooster is a brat. He challenges me if I go out and even talk to them. If I keep quiet he just keeps an eye on me but he has left marks on my legs. He is so protective of the hens and chases everything out of the yard. That is the only reason he's not in the pot. Over all I do love them and would recommend them as far as good egg producers. I don't keep chickens for meat so I know nothing about that. I have had two of them go broody and ended up co-parenting the five babies. Very cute....
  3. coop410silkies
    I have 16 LS hens, and about half that many Cocks. My first hens did not lay their first year, but they laid like gangbusters their second. Their chicks were fast to mature and started laying at 6 months; I was pleasantly surprised at how many eggs they laid and I could compare them favorably with my RIRs, BR's, & BA's - almost. They do go broody, and laying slows a lot in very hot and in very cold weather, but often they will be laying when most others have stopped. They are docile and friendly, and while they tend to stick together, they don't make enemies. My girls are vigorous birds. They forage well, but are especially adept at foraging for snacks. They like to be with their keeper, but aren't fond of being picked up and cuddled. The cocks grow fast to large sizes and as a rule are quite even tempered and human-oriented. Aside from being absolutely gluttonous when young, I cannot think of any downside to these birds. They lay WELL, grow fast to butchering size, have great temperaments, don't fly or fuss in confinement, are great eye candy, and can make you throw down your heart. Of all my birds, they are my favorite, and I can recommend them to anyone.
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  4. Bob Kiefer
    I just acquired a light sussex hen this week. She is very shy and docile. I expect her to start laying soon. Thanks for sharing your experiences with "Frenchie".
  5. N F C
    Frenchie sounds like a special girl, I'm sorry for your loss.
  6. Turk Raphael
    Perhaps if you didn't pick them up so frequently, they wouldn't be so flighty of jumpy.

    I know if I were a chicken, I'd resent having some hulking creature reaching and grabbing me up when they pleased. It would seem to go against the nature of the chicken's nature....get away from things from down on high.....Even as a human, the act would send me to seek psychological help! lolol
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  7. Y N dottes
    i think their coloring is so cool
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  8. ilovehorses
    I have one and I love her!!!!!! I would love to get more!
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  9. snusnu95
    .....wut? Pigs have been bred for thousands of years to eat, we have genetically changed them. Horses have been bred for thousands of years to ride. Sussex have been bred for decades to lay eggs and to be meat birds. Sussex are good layers! You obviously have a dodge Sussex hellbender.

    Or quite possibly some strains are better for meat, while some are better for egg production - a bit like work vs show dogs.
  10. hellbender
    We buy pigs to eat and horses to ride. Either can be ridden or....eaten. We should chose what's best for what we want for our purchase.

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