I've crossed a pure Langshan roo with pure Speckled Sussex hens. These were hatchery birds so this is how I know they're pure. Example of the two breeds: The results of the cross are these bizarre tail variations... Long tails, medium tails and no tails- and when I say no tail, I mean not even a tuft. These kids are around 7 weeks old, now. Can someone explain what happened to their tails??? Langshans have very long tails and Speckled Sussex have medium tails. Neither breed is a "no tail" breed. It doesn't appear to be sex-linked as there seem to be pullets and cockerels of each type. I could be mistaken, though- it just appeared that way when I tried to sex them by their face and then by their tail type- it seemed incongruent. I'm just really curious about this tail business!! No Tail: Medium Tail Long Tail: imageshack has decided to have brain farts while I tried to upload this pic, so you'll have to take my word for it- the tails are lllooong and straight.