Which breed is better? Gold Sex Link or Speckled Sussex?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by kellgirl360, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. kellgirl360

    kellgirl360 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I want chickens that are:

    Really friendly
    Not super loud
    Good Layers;
    Lay consistently and for a long time
    Can handle being in smaller spaces

    Good looking
    Not prone to alot of health problems


    I have a hen-house that is 17 square feet inside, and a 50 square foot run.
    The chickens will also be able to free range during most days.

    Which breed sounds like it will be the best fit?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    That doesn't narrow the field enough! :D

    But, I shall try!

    Like snuggle friendly? Or run to you for food friendly?

    Too variable... Dunno, except don't get a rooster. :)

    How good? Do you care about egg size?

    This means if you buy from a hatchery, you should choose a less popular breed, or buy from a small breeder. Remember that super high production usually comes with a greater chance of different problems (egg bound, prolapsed vent, etc.)

    This cut out a good number of breeds. No Mediterranean breeds. The dual purpose, fluffy slow ones are also usually better with confinement.

    Totally in the eye of the beholder! :lol: Are you for floppy combs, tiny combs, fluffy feet, clean feet?


    Same answer as under 'lay for a long time'


    Look through here:

    http://www.sagehenfarmlodi.com/chooks/chooks.html
     
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  3. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Depending on just how many and what size eggs you want, I would point you towards

    - True Ameraucanas from a breeder NOT a hatchery they kay pretty well, and medium.

    - Faverolles, if you are getting only one breed. Even from a hatchery, they are the sweetest and most submissive birds! (So other breeds will pick on them) They would do very well even if a bit crowded. They do have feathered feet, so a muddy run will make them very dirty. They lay alright, but not great, and only a medium size.

    - Wyandottes a bit more variable with regards to temperament, but you are likely to get some sweet girls who will lay well and a better sized egg than the other two.
     
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  4. Triple Willow

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  5. kellgirl360

    kellgirl360 Out Of The Brooder

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    I want chicken that are like a dog friendly. Probably snuggle friendly. I live inside city limits and there are some people in my neighborhood that complain about noise. I want medium to large size eggs, pretty much anything but small. I prefer personality over the egg-laying, but I still want a semi-decent layer. I like the darker colors, and I really have liked the patterns of speckled sussex more than the Gold Sex Link. Do you have experience with Speckled Sussex? I would love to hear about it.
     
  6. kellgirl360

    kellgirl360 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! Your answer is really helpful! The more I look at it, the more I am leaning towards the Speckled Sussex.
     
  7. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake


    Yes, I have had Speckled Sussex a couple of times. They were very inquisitive birds, good at finding what part of my run was escapable. :rolleyes:

    They were NOT at all interested in being snuggled, but were very happy to dance about your feet for treat time. They were not a super layer, but a very good and very consistent layer of large eggs. They would also last for 4 years with a low risk of problems.

    They would be very good for what you want, except for:

    - Not snuggly

    - Not good for tight confinement. They will need reasonable space, not huge.
     
  8. Klutch

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  9. Triple Willow

    Triple Willow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with this except I don't know about the "snuggly" part. I haven't made pets out of any of my birds. But I do really like the SS, nice personalities.
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  10. Triple Willow

    Triple Willow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're welcome. Good luck in getting the birds you want.
     

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