Speckled Sussex

A True Dual Purpose Breed and Farm Delight

The Speckled Sussex chicken is an old English breed that was developed in Sussex County, England over a hundred years ago. One of the best possible choices for a backyard chicken because of its beautiful coat of feathers, curious and mellow personality. Because of its large heavy weight, it is not a good flyer and can easily be confined. This hardy breed will continue to lay strong throughout the colder months of the year.

Sussex chickens are a dual-purpose breed with a deep broad body, close fitting feathers, and white skin, shanks and feet. The breed will put on fat very easily, making it well suited for market poultry. The hens are fair to good layers of brown eggs, though they lay best if not allowed to get overly fat. This could be a wonderful breed for a small farm or homestead, being active and all-around an excellent breed for meat and eggs. This hardy breed will continue to lay strong throughout the colder months of the year. Sussex chickens have a reputation, in some circles, of having flesh superior even to that of the Dorking and Old English Game chickens.

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