Speckles Sussex and Plymouth Rocks good or bad?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by richchicks, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. richchicks

    richchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 3, 2012
    TSC only got in these two breeds this week? Was so looking forward to getting some new babies today [​IMG]However, these are not the breeds I had in mind, BUT willing to try if they are friendly, calm, good egg layers, etc....

    Anyone have these and would like to share your experience? Comments appreciated!
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, considering they are hatchery stock, you may not get a bird with the advertised traits of the breed. I have had Speckled Sussex from a breeder and she was a good hen, though laid small eggs; also had a few from a hatchery and will never have those again. They are not hardy in the least; or at least, the ones I did get either did not thrive or had to be put down early on for serious crop issues, something I had never seen in a chick until then.

    I love my Plymouth Rocks-have had both hatchery stock, descendents of hatchery stock and show quality breeder stock and love them all, but some strains of hatchery birds can be a little less friendly than the breed trait you expect in a Rock. Rocks are my favorite breed. They are super layers, friendly birds, though they are not pushovers in the flock by any means. My Sussex wasn't really skittish, but not overly friendly either.
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2012
  3. mkcolls

    mkcolls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2011
    We have 6 Speckled Sussex (SS), that are hatchery stock and we are sad that we do not have more. They are great foragers, consistent egg layers, friendly and always busy. The only negative for us is that we didn't get a Roo for our hens. We want more.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    And there you have it, two widely varying experiences with hatchery stock. Mine were awful, hers were good. You just never know what you'll get unless you get them from a good breeder who has the actual breed, not a general facsimile.
  5. highpointfarm

    highpointfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    Orange County NY
    I bought 3 SS and 3 PR at tractor supply last spring.... they are amazing birds, very healthy, very docile, and rather good egg layers... would definitely recommend these to you... we only have 2 SS now but only because we ended up with 2 roos..... :(
  6. highpointfarm

    highpointfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 29, 2012
    Orange County NY
    Those are them in my Avatar.

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