Sussex. Backyard Friend or Foe?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by MissionBantam, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. MissionBantam

    MissionBantam Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 5, 2015
    Hello all! I'd just like to ask a couple questions. To start off with, we have unfortunately had to give away our Pekin Bantam rooster and our two silky X pekin pullets, as one was a male and the other was too attached to him to be separated (Neighbours had complained of noise.) Now we are starting a new flock! So, as you may already know due to the title, we plan on getting standard sussex pullets.

    Im very exited, and have done plenty of research, but theres a couple things google doesn't know, and i need you wonderful chicken keepers out there (Preferably sussex keepers [​IMG]) to help me out! Heres my full plan of flock and housing, some info on my yard, and a bit more.

    So, as far as flock, i plan on 3 standard sussex to start off, and later on adding two silver laced wynnatodes or one gold laced and one silver, to the mix. Wether this makes much difference at all, i'd like to have this written down for future reference. I plan on one standard speckled sussex pullet, one standard Mille Fleur sussex pullet and one standard lavender sussex pullet. After a few months then of course a silver laced wynnatode pullet and a gold laced one as well. [​IMG]

    The chooks will be free ranged all day, this is the coop in which they'll be sleeping: images (not sure if thats bigger or smaller, i just found it on google images, but it looks alot like that, little more run down and faded)

    Dimensions of coop are~ Length of bottom area: 1.6m, Height of bottom area: 1m, width: 70cm, Length of top part: 84cm, Height of top part: 68cm, Width of top part: 65cm.

    For yard info, i have a pretty big yard, not farm sized, just a suburban area. IMPORTANT: i have two call ducks, a female and a drake that are my pride and joy. The female has a genetic deformity meaning that she doesn't walk very well, and sits down most of the time. I do not, i repeat- DO NOT, want my babies to be bothered. I can deal with a little bossiness from the Sussex, but any damage to my babies and i wont be happy. I know to keep a very close eye on the drake to make sure he isn't trying to mate with any hens, and he is a bit grumpy protecting his lady but i don't think he'll be too openly aggressive to the hens.

    ~That is all~

    -What do you think?-
  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2015
    They are pretty laid back chickens you shouldn't have any trouble with them and your ducks.
  3. heatherlaw

    heatherlaw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2015
    Roseville, California
    Sussex are super friendly and inquisitive. I doubt you will have any problem at all with your ducks. The only trouble you may have is keeping them out of you house :) I have a speckled Sussex who believes she is a house chicken and knows where the pantry is.
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Sussex are a nice calm breed. Wyandotte can sometimes be bullies from what I read, so be aware. I haven't had any troubles and like the breed but they seem to not do well in confinement.

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