I would love to have some good possibly show quality speckled sussex. I used to have some and loved the way they looked. I f anyone has any info on anyone that breeds this magnificent breed, preferably in GA, please let me know!!!!!
Good luck on finding some. I have been looking for months. I've googled, pm'ed and emailed private breeders, looked at all sorts of online farm ads--all dead ends. Even the people who raise a few don't have any that are even close to SOP. They all have small chests, narrow backs, too much white etc., etc. They all just looked no better than hatchery stock. Many of them looked worse. Well, until last week that is!
I got extremely lucky last week and found a breeder who is selling out their flock. The hens look really great except for tails that are a little high, but with some work I think I can fix that. Their roosters have too much white in the wings, but their bodies look wonderful. I will still be looking for a better rooster. Since they were the best I've seen so far I couldn't pass them up. I'm buying the whole bunch. Done made a down payment and pick them up this weekend. None of these are hatchery birds. I think some of their original stock originated from a private breeder's flock in Texas, but that was 20 years ago so I don't know if the Texas breeder is still around or not. I will ask when I pick them up, and if so I'll let you know. I have to say I'm pretty excited about getting these SS.
Just to let you know, I do have some Speckled Sussex chicks I got from Ideal Hatchery several weeks ago. I got a few just to have some, and to sell their eggs for eating. I guess I could breed two separate flocks. One for cheap chicks, and the other for high dollar chicks.
I just thought of this. I want Large fowl Specks but if any of you are interested in bantam speckled sussex, I know a man that breed the most beautiful I have ever seen. If any of you would like I can pm you some info.
chickenfarmer1231, that is a pretty nice looking bird. Where is this breeder from? I tell you what, send me his info just incase I ever decide to start some of those. I have seen a few SS bantams, and most look better than the LF most people have. Thanks for sharing that.
There is a lady in Georgia who sells Speckled Sussex birds and eggs. Her user name is Bargain, and she often has eggs for sale on the BYC auction. I think they sell some chicks, but you have to go there to get them since she does not ship live birds. I ended up with 1/2 doz from her, and 1/2 doz. from another lady who got her stock from Bargain. None of my eggs made it though. I don't know if her birds would win any shows, but a lot of people like them. She is very nice and packages the eggs very well. I'd say they are probably better than hatchery stock, but not SQ. That is just from my best observation of the pictures she has of them. She sells the heck out of them though. I just decided after that failed batch I'm not ordering anymore hatching eggs unless they are within a couple hours from my house and I can drive to get them.
On the other hand, my trip to get my new flock is going to take 6 to 8 hours to get there. Between what I am paying for the birds and the money on gas, eats, and a hotel for one night, I'm going to have a fortune in those little boogers. I have no choice but to make them into the best quality SS I possibly can or it will be a big waste of money and time. Hopefully one day if several of us are sincere in working with this rare breed and keep in touch, we can swap birds for new bloodlines if needed, or trade an extra hen for an extra rooster. Everyone here that is serious about getting good SS should also check out the other thread Math Ace has going titled Show Quality SS!! Or something like that. It is in the Breeds, Genetics, & Showing section. We are learning how to tell the differences between poor specimens and those that make SOP. We have a poultry judge and a breeder who gives us good information to use so we can make better choices.
Well, good luck to you all. I guess there are some out there, but who ever has them must be raising them for their ownselves alone I reckon. Finding Waldo is easy compared to finding the elusive, almost extinct, flock of SS breeder birds.