Sussex and Australorp behaviours

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by ChOOkens, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. ChOOkens

    ChOOkens ►ChOOken In A Box◄

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    I have 2 chooks at home and might be getting more.
    They need to be great egglayers and have a great behaviour.
    As far as I know Sussex's and Australorp's are great egglayers but I don't know about how they behave.

    I would appreciate it if you could give me some information abvout these breeds of chicken.

    Sussex's and Australorps
    Are they/Do they:
    Calm?
    Curious?
    Appreciate human contact?
    Bully other chickens?
    Hostile?
    Flighty?
    Broody?
    Also:
    Do they lay good in Winter?
    Which seasons do they have trouble with?
    Are they okay Free range and confined?
    (Don't worry though we let our chickens free range as much as we can! [​IMG] )

    Thanks!
     
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I have both speckled sussex and black australorps and they are probab ly the calmest birds in my flock. The BAs aren't the least bit flighty and the sussex seem to want human contact. They both laid well all winter and if I was going to limit my flock to only two breeds they would be what I'd chose.
     
  3. ChOOkens

    ChOOkens ►ChOOken In A Box◄

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    Thank you VERY much, this has helped me alot.
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  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Both breeds free range well. I haven't noticed much broodiness with the BAs and I have a very broody sussex right now. I can reach into the nest and pick her without any problem. A BLRW that is broody screams and tries to peck your hand off.
     
  5. LauraSBale

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    LauraSBale Songster

    Quote:I have two BA going broody and there useing the same nest [​IMG]
     
  7. Autumn Mama

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    We have two Black Australorps, Delilah, and Luna. They are wonderful chooks! Calm, yes, curious, yes, not aggressive at all, quiet voices (so far at 13 weeks), and are really pretty to look at too, with the green sheen to the feathers.

    They haven't laid yet, so I can't speak to egg production and broodiness. HTH!!!

    If I could choose them/not choose them again, I'd get them in a heartbeat!!! My 7 year old loves them too, and he carries them often. They seem to like human contact and can be handled easily.
     
  8. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I hate my BAs. Mine are mean little thing that peck me at any chance and they scream bloody murder if I try to get any where near them.
     
  9. ChOOkens

    ChOOkens ►ChOOken In A Box◄

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    Thanks for the info everyone! I'll think about the breeds.
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  10. Sequin

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    May 20, 2008
    BA's are the breed we started out with and I have really enjoyed them. Great first experience with raising chickens. I have a couple sussex chicks and they are also fantastic personality wise, but haven't started laying yet. Well, one turned out to be a roo, so he won't be laying for sure. Not sure yet what I will do with him. He will no doubt turn out to be quite lovely as a mature roo. Anyway, I do not think you can go wrong with either of the two breeds you have chosen. Love 'em as much as possible as chicks and they will certainly love you even as they get older.
     

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