|The Speckled Sussex is a rare breed in the US that is becoming more popular as people begin to realize what wonderful birds they are. They were originally developed in Sussex County, England, and they have it all.
The Sussex are great layers of light brown eggs. They forage well and are economical eaters. They are reported to set occasionally, although our experience is that this happens relatively seldom, and they don't tend to be stubborn about it. They are friendly, easily handled, curious little birds, and will follow you around the yard if they think they can beg a treat from you. Sussex are fat-bodied and not prone to flying when mature, so they are easily fenced. In fact, in England, they used to be THE standard table bird, before the modern Cornish Crosses came along. Their "speckled" coloring gives them some camouflage from predators, too. Many tend to get more speckles after each successive molt, so they just get prettier with age. They are also early maturing and good winter layers. Seriously, what more could you ask for in a chicken?
The plumage is beautiful with a rich mahogany
base color. Many individual feathers end in a white tip separated from
the rest of the feathers by a lustrous greenish black bar giving the lovely speckled appearance. The
"speckles" of our hens are evenly spaced as per the standard. Baby chicks vary
greatly in color from a buff to dark chestnut and some have alternate
dark and light stripes on the back.
This variety combines beauty with
utility, and is very nice to raise for showing. Our special line of
Sussex yields beautiful, confident, gentle and mellow birds.
Read more about the Sussex.
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