The Sussex Chicken is a very old English breed, which originated in the County of Sussex more than a century ago.It was exhibited in the 1840’s the first recorded color being the spangled or speckled. It was primarily bred for market purposes, Sussex being famed for its production of table fowls. Surely Britain’s most popular breed, most people can recognize the distinctive plumage of the Light Sussex. They also exist in Silver, Buff, Red, Brown and White. Sussex fowls featured in the first poultry show in 1845.
Characteristics: The Sussex Chicken is an alert but docile breed that can adapt to any surrounding easily. They are good foragers. Whilst they are quite happy to be free range, they will also be fine if kept in a confined space. They can occasionally but not very often go broody. The speckled is the most likely of the breed to do this.The colors found in Sussex Chickens are brown buff, light red, speckled, silver and white. The Sussex chicken whatever its color should be graceful. The eyes are red in the darker varieties but are orange in the lighter ones. They have a medium sized single comb. The earlobes are red and the legs and skin are white in every variety. The brown and red varieties are rare now with the other colors being quite common.
- Standard Weights: Cock-9 pounds; hen-7 pounds; cockerel-7-1/2 pounds; pullet-6 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Use: Egg and meat production.
- Origin: England
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.