Are Speckled Sussex always speckled?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by StephFairbanks, Sep 16, 2016.

  1. StephFairbanks

    StephFairbanks Just Hatched

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    This may sound really dumb but I am new to chickens. I ordered 4 different breeds from Meyer Hatchery. The are about 8 weeks old. I ordered 2 speckled Sussex. 1 is speckled and 1 is solid black so far. Will she get spots later or could she be a different breed?

    Thanks y'all.
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Are your sure that one is the speckled Sussex? What other breeds did you get?
     
  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I suppose it's possible but I've never seen one without at least a few white specks. I'm wondering if the hatchery didn't make an error?? Can you post a pic?
     
  4. StephFairbanks

    StephFairbanks Just Hatched

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    I have 1 buff Orpington, 2 wellsummer, 2 faverolle, 2 Dominique and the 2 Sussex. The black 'Sussex' is actually my most favorite. She is so sweet and let's me carry her around. The adopted 1 is a RHode Island Red.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Speckled Sussex may take a while for the speckling to come in. That said, they are a mahogany red bird, not black. I can't see well enough in the avatar to tell what she is, but she's not a Sussex. A closer pic, including legs and comb might help us narrow things down.
     
  6. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Did they look the same as chicks?
     
  7. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    Nope, a black chicken is not a Speckled Sussex. The speckled Sussex is basically( basically) a Red Sussex with the mottling gene added. It would never be black in any stage of its feathering. They need to send you another Speckled Sussex, they made a mistake. This chick would have been in black( with maybe some white) chick down. The Speckled Sussex would have been a brownish chick down with some other brownish/gold markings. No way to confuse one with the other. Glad you like your black bird tho!
    Best,
    Karen
     
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  8. JennCrow10

    JennCrow10 Just Hatched

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    I also ordered two Speckled Sussex chicks from Meyer Hatchery and neither one have any speckling on them. Their hatch date was 9/7/16 so they are 13 weeks old now and are looking exactly like Welsummers. I have an older Welsummer hen and they are her mini me's. I will take some pics at lunch today and post here. I think I will also be contacting the hatchery to see what they have to say.
     

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