In the Brooder
- Mar 1, 2010
I could use some advice on a Speckled Sussex hen that I have raised since a chick. I have a flock of five, with the ss being one of two added last spring. They are housed in a toy coop, but free range a very large back yard. She is the lowest on the totem pole, but is not harassed. She is fat and glossy, but has a claw defect. The outer claws on both feet point outwards at a grotesque angle. However, it does not affect her gait. She is easily handled and in no pain that I can tell. Perfectly normal, but no inclination to lay. I feed layena, lots of garden and table scraps, boss on occassion with scratch grains. I choose not to run a light out there. They are pets and she will not be going to freezer camp, but the deformed claws have got me wondering. Perhaps Speckled Sussex hens are late layers? Most folks I know who keep chickens stick to the RIR, BR, and sex link varieties. I have been told that the more exotic breeds are prone to more problems. Just curious and would appreciate any advice and opinions.