Hi, I absolutely love the speckled sussex breed. They are super sweet, super gentle and just gorgeous. The only problem is, they keep getting sick and dying. I am on my last pullet now, and she is not doing well at all, I don't expect her to last much longer. My first experience with these were 2 4-week pullets I bought at a swap, one got eaten by a predator and the other got Mareks. I decided to try them again in the past year and bought 2 5-month old pullets. Within weeks one was dead and the other is now going downhill fast. All the other breeds I have bought have been, if not still susceptible to diseases, at least not so much that they die from anything. I am trying again, this time with 5 day-old chicks that will be in a batch with another 17 chicks. One person I talked to said she thought they (speckled Sussex) had a higher mortality rate than other chickens she bred. I did buy both pairs from the same swap, though from different people. So, my question is, is this the same problem that other people have, or is it just the birds I have bought? I really love this breed and it is so hard when you get attached to them and then they die on you. Thanks for your replies!