I live in south central Louisiana where it gets pretty hot and humid. I was thinking of getting some Speckled Sussex chickens and. Read some place they have trouble with heat. Anyone raise them where it gets pretty hot?
All chickens can handle the heat as long as they have access to fresh water and shade. I’ve kept Brahmas through a New Jersey summer which can reach 90F+ for days on end and they made it through. If you’re still worried about how the Sussex will fair look into getting some Mediterranean breeds.
My broody hen hatched 7 Speckled Sussex eggs I bought last year in May. I live in South Central Texas where temperatures and humidity are brutal on chickens. They did very well last summer as well as this summer, however they are in a coop/run/yard built under very big trees with a lot of natural shade (the coop and run have a roof too) their coop has several windows and there is a very nice south breeze blowing most of the day, they have two fans in their coop that run 24/7 and the hutch where the nesting boxes are is very open to ventilation and also has a big fan running all the time. They get plenty of clean fresh water every day. I think you can have this breed in your location with the understanding that they will need special care during the hot season.
I have a speckled Sussex in my flock of five and she is the friendliest of my girls. I live in upstate SC and use a small fan all summer in their covered run and a mister when it gets super hot with high humidity. I agree with what aldarita says.
I have 5 speckled sussex hens in my flock here in central PA, and it can get very hot and humid here in the summer. I've had them for 4 years now and they seem to handle the heat very well in the summer. There are plenty of large trees in their enclosure for shade, and I always make sure to have a fresh water source for them. So I think you would be fine with speckled sussex hens!