The Sussex thread!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by americana-chick, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. riverrockfamilyfarm

    riverrockfamilyfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2011
    So I have a question,

    Can anyone tell me in Red Sussex are the roosters suppose to have black hackles around their necks or are they suppose to be just red with a black tail. I have hatched Red Sussex eggs from several sources and there is a huge difference in the roosters. I need a little more infor. before I pick my Breeding stock.

    As I read in the 2010 SOP it says that the neck should be lustrous mahogany red. Front of neck rich mahogany red. So I am assuming no black on neck. This is frustration because most of the eggs that I hatched the rooster have black hackles. hmmmmmm

    Thanks Suzie
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2011
  2. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    With all the Sussex, which one growth fastest and biggest?
  3. riverrockfamilyfarm

    riverrockfamilyfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2011
    They should all be about the same. Here in the US it seems that the Light, Coronation and Silver are bigger. I think this is for 2 reasons, 1. in the UK large fowl seems to mean LARGE. 2. They are more interested in SOP. I think that the Speckled are smaller because they have been in the hatchery system to long. There are some nice Specked Sussex out there but you will need to find a breeder that is interested in producing nice big birds.

  4. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Quote:Good Question Suzie!

    Maybe 3riverschick will be able to help us out on this....

    Riverrockfamilyfarm - - could you share what sources you have found selling the Red Sussex?
  5. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 17, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Riverrockfamilyfarm - -

    Please, would you pretty PLEASE, post a pic of each bird with who it came from so that we could see a sample of each breeder's stock? ? ?
  6. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Quote:Could you tell us the specific purpose for the different colors? this is very interesting. The new fad for (DESINGER DOGS) just makes me mad when I think of all the yrs and yrs that went into keeping the lines pure thru wars and famine and now they are doing this on purpose..[​IMG]
    ~another Karen

    The practice of crossing silvers and lights or lights and coronation is something that is very frequent occurrence in the US. Just look on any of the poultry auction sites, you will see splits up for auction all the time.

    As I understand it here is a breeding chart for the way sussex are crossed.

    Coronation X Coronation = 100% Coronation
    Coronation X Split(Light/Coronation) = 50 % Coronation, 50% Split
    Coronation X Light = 100% Split
    Split X Light = 25% Split, 50% Light, 25% Coronation

    Silver to Silver = 100% Silver ( I have seen Light chicks come out of Silver colored Split birds)
    Silver to Light = 100% Split
    Silver to Split = 50% Silver, 50% Split
    Split to Split = 25% Silver, 50% Split, 25% Light

    I have never heard of crossing Coronation and Silvers.

    I live about an hour from you and it looks like I am going to have some extra silver hens and I now have some extra light roosters. So email me and I will try to help you out.

    Riverrockfamilyfarm - THANK YOU so much!! I will e-mail you.
  7. mrs_ed

    mrs_ed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 15, 2010
    Phx, AZ
    I have 7 speckled sussex from Gary farm that are 2 weeks old, how soon are you generally able to tell the difference between pullet or roo?
  8. mrheinz77

    mrheinz77 New Beginnings Poultry

    May 22, 2011
    SE Wisconsin
    Quote:On the ASA's website it states that the red will have black in the hackles. The pictures on the site also shows black. I hope this helps.
  9. HallFamilyFarm

    HallFamilyFarm APA ETL#195

    Jan 25, 2010
    Monticello, Arkansas
    Quote:What they have and what they are suppose to have can be different. If the SOP states no black then you should breed towrds the SOP.
  10. RustyHen

    RustyHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2011
    Echo, Oregon
    Quote:with my SS the males were very slow to feather out thier backs and tails, pullets had tails growing from the first.

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