Sussex Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Speckled Sussex Chicken; Light Sussex; White Sussex

The basics:
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
Broody: Occasionally
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.


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