Other common names: Speckled Sussex Chicken; Light Sussex; White Sussex
The Sussex chicken originated in the early 1800's in Sussex, England where poor farmers crossed local chickens with the exotic breeds brought home from the expanding British Empire. Market conditions put the highest premium on good winter laying and rapid growth to 5 lbs weight, so these traits were strongly selected. The Sussex emerged as the first commercial quality dual purpose chicken. They were the most popular table bird in the UK and Canada until they were eclipsed by modern hybrid broilers. Sussex chickens have remained popular in the UK for kitchen flocks and have been shown in poultry shows since 1903.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Brown, Buff, Columbian, Coronation, Red, Speckled, Silver, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental
Bantam: 32 - 36 oz
Largefowl: 7 - 9 lbs
Personality: Friendly and easy to care for
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
What else you should know:
Hens from Production (Hatchery strains) will need extra calcium to prevent egg binding, and may have shortened lives due to their productive egg yield.
ultimate dualpurpose bird, excellent meat bird, wonderful disposition, cold temperatures, lovely eggs
mean attack roosters
strange crooning cluck, ancient heavy breed, great foragers, real stabilizing influence
My Favorite Chicken
Chicken Chicken is the star of the hen house. Full of personality, adventure, and curiosity this chicken remains the best chicken I have ever owned. We have a chicken coop full of Silkies, which I'll review another time... Amidst the dumb, she is one smart cookie, and loves us as well as the other farm animals. Unlike the other chickens, she has found a way out of the pen and prefers to venture around the property in search of food and friends. More often then not we'll see her pecking about in the pasture with the horses and goats; she even enjoys the neighbor's pasture and their horses! When I buy a new flock I am most definitely going with this breed because I love their personality and wandering spirits. I love to look out the window and see her walking about, chasing after grasshoppers and running away from the goat. She keeps me laughing and if there were more than one of her... I would always be entertained. The only problem we have with her is that she hides her eggs! She doesn't lay in the coop and always finds a new laying spot when we find them. One time it took us so long to find them that by the time we did there were 20 eggs there! But, when we do manage to find the eggs in time they are large and very good. .
From RQmcconnell Jan 21 2019 12:49AM
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 256 days ago
Sussex Chicken - the Bruce Lee of chicken species
Sussex Chicken are a very peculiar kind of chicken, who prefer large spaces. They are foragers finding a big surroundings as a major advantage and are of low maintenance. Health is not an issue and the eggs they regularly produce are both big and delicious. A normal Sussex Chicken will provide you with around 250 eggs per year, yielding her a substantial commercial value.
What they are most famous of is their vigorous and hardy nature. They will do much and more to defend their space, even attack cats if necessary. This makes it difficult if you want Sussex Chicken to co-exist in the same area as other chicken. It's not a problem when you have a large piece of area for them to forage, but if you have little ground, these chicken are probably not the right one to grow.
I would advise to be careful when buying Sussex Chicken, since they really are Bruce Lee-like to other chicken. I myself prefer a milder, more quite kind of chicken, like Orpington chicken..
From marowincyin Jan 15 2014 5:10AM