Speckled Sussex chickens are a heavy breed developed by the English more than a century ago. In England, the Sussex is a very popular meat bird. Speckled Sussex are a very gentle and colorful bird. This variety of the Sussex breed makes for a good backyard chicken and dual purpose for meat or egg production. This bird is a very good light brown egg layer and handles confinement well. Sussex are excellent foragers, making them a great pasture/free range option. They also tend to go broody and make wonderful mothers. Speckled Sussex chicks are dark brown with two light brown streaks down the back. They have white wing tips, chests and abdomens. They have single combs and clean, white legs and feet.
Adult females have mahogany bay plumage on their head, neck, back, breast, body, lower thigh and tail coverts and each feather is tipped with a small white spangle. The main tail is black mottled with brown and tipped with a white spangle and the wing primaries are black and white. Adult males have similar plumage to the female except that the plumage of the head, neck and back is more lustrous, and the sickles and coverts of the tail are greenish black tipped with white. Their speckled coloring makes them blend in with the background and camouflages them from predators. With each yearly molt more speckles appear so they become even more colorful the older they get. Speckled Sussex are a calm and beautiful breed and are a great bird for show. This variety is called speckled because of the white spangles on the ends of its otherwise dark mahogany colored feathers.
Approx 180-240 Lg Brown Eggs/Year | Mature WT: Male 9#, Female 7#
- Poultry Show Class: English Class
- Weights: Hen: 7 lbs Rooster: 9 lb
- Purpose and Type: Egg & Meat
- Color of Egg Shell: Light Brown
- Egg Production: 180-240 eggs/year
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Active/Curious
- Broody: Setter
- Country of Origin: England
- APA: Yes, Recognized by American Standard of Perfection in 1914
- ALBC: Recovering status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.