speckled sussex color Qs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by patandchickens, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Been to a few fall fairs around here and been looking at the speckled sussexes shown there.

    I am not at all interested in showing, and not greatly interested in breeding to the standard (my main priority is to breed for functional characteristics)... but at the same time, I should probably knw what the standard IS so that I can move towards it in all-things-being-equal situations. Do not own SOP, not going to pay for it either [​IMG]

    So may I ask a coupla color questions to those who know:

    -what shade of brown is it supposed to be - darker, lighter, more-reddish, more-yellowish? I notice that the birds at the fairs were almost all more of a lighter chestnut color than mine which are darker mahogany or dark-chocolate. Would I be correct in assuming the lighter brown is more correct?

    -how much emphasis is placed on how evenly the white spangles are distributed over the body?

    -are males supposed to have any particularly-visible amount of white on the hackle and saddle feathers, or can they be basically just dark reddish brown?

    -significant numbers of white flight or tail feathers are a bad thing, yes?

    Thanks for any help,


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