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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickyfuzz, Oct 9, 2013.
I don't think there is a susex page yet. Feel free to add photos to.
I would advise you to add another 'S' --- it's 'Sussex' --- and if lots of pics are posted you may be asked to add 'image heavy' or something like that as a warning for those on slow internet connections. Maybe add a snippet of info you found on Sussex chickens to attract enthusiasts who don't know the breed inside out, I don't know. Anyway, best wishes. My personal favorites out of all Sussex chickens are the Lights.
Here's some info from Wikipedia:
The colors found in Sussex chickens are: Brown, Buff, Light, Red, Speckled, Silver, White and Coronation. The Sussex chicken, whatever color, should be graceful with a long, broad, flat back and a rectangular build, the tail should be at a 45 degree angle from the body. The eyes should be red in the darker varieties but orange in the lighter one and they sport a medium sized, single, erect comb. The earlobes are red and the legs and skin white in every variety. Cocks should weigh approx 9 lbs, and the hens (females) 7 lbs. The Brown and red varieties are rare but the others are more common.
Light, Buff and Silver
The light Sussex has a white body with a black tail and black wing tips. Its neck is white, striped with black and has a very striking appearance. The feathers around the neck are called hackle feathers and each one is black with a fine white lace around the edge. The buff is ginger where the light is white. If showing the bird, a person must be careful to keep it out of strong sunlight, as the color will fade. The Silver Sussex has a similar neck to the previous two variants, except that the body is black and the majority of the feathers on the body have silver lacing.
A Light Sussex henCockerels have a large comb on their heads.
Pure white throughout and is very rare.
Speckled Sussex hen.The feathers of the Speckled variety all have a mix of mahogany and black with white tips. Sometimes the amount of white increases as the bird moults each year. This is the most common variety in the US. However, the Light is far more common in the UK.
Coronation and Lavender
The Coronation sussex is essentially the same as the light, but the black markings are replaced by pigeon grey/blue. This grey/blue is described as 'lavender' by poultry breeders and is caused by a gene that dilutes the black color. The Coronation Sussex only existed in small numbers and by the end of the second World War, no more Coronation Sussex existed. The Bantam size was re-created in the 1980s and the Large version only exists in small numbers. There is a buff coronation, but it is quite rare and not recognized.
It should be mentioned that pure sussex will sometimes throw offspring, with white Colombian patterns replacing the black.This will happen only if the Coronation birds carry the blue genes.
The Lavender sussex is the same but a bit lighter and no buff. These are also known as Coronation and the best examples are found in Australia, this version of Coronation will breed true because of the lavender gene.
The Buff Colombian sussex is like the light sussex but where the light sussex is white the golden sussex is a light brown colour and has black on the top of its back and the same places as the light sussex.
The Sussex chicken is an alert, docile breed that can adapt to any surrounding, they are comfortable in both free range or confined spaces and in the presence of humans. The breed sometimes (but not very often) goes broody, the speckled version is most likely to do so. They are good foragers.
Cock 4.1 kg 9 lbs
Hen 3.2 kg 7 lbs
Cockerel 3.4 kg 7.5 lbs
Pullet 2.7 kg 5.9 lbs
Rooster 1.5 kg 3.3 lbs
Hen 1.1 kg 2.4 lbs
Bantam Variety Sussex
A Light Sussex roosterThe Sussex was bred to be a dual purpose bird and is one of the most productive breeds of poultry. They lay large eggs that are cream to light brown in colour. A person owning a hen of this breed should expect approximately 240 to 260 eggs a year, although the light and white varieties are the best choice for layers. Recently there has been an olive green coloured egg introduced to some Light Sussex breeds, although these green egg layers are very rare.
It is a good producer of meat and all of the varieties are a good choice to have for this purpose. The chicks mature quickly for heavy breed but the speckled is slowest to mature.
Sussex chickens are believed to have been first breed in Britain (in the area that was to become England) around the time of the Roman invasion of AD 43 making them one of the oldest known breeds. Originally bred as a table bird the Sussex has since become a dual-purpose bird, working for both meat and egg production. The original colours were the Brown, Red and Speckled, and the Silver is the latest variety. The breed was prized as table fowl more than one-hundred years ago and, more recently, the Light Sussex was very popular for the laying trials of the 30s.
Today they are a popular breed for exhibitions as well as a backyard breed. The breed has made a huge contribution to the poultry industry and is even an ancestor to the modern broiler. The Coronation Sussex was bred to celebrate the coronation of King George, but is now an extremely rare breed.
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