The Sussex are one of the oldest breeds that are still in existence today, originating in Sussex in the UK and was originally bred as a type of table bird. Today's cockerels reach over 4 kg. for the table.
There are several varieties of which we breed just three. They are an alert but docile breed that is friendly and easy to handle. They can adapt to any surrounding easily. They are good foragers and while they are quite happy to free range, they will also be fine if kept in a confined space.
They are relatively a easy and undemanding breed to keep making them a sound choice for the beginner. They are a great all round large fowl, with younger hens laying about 200 large eggs that are cream to light brown in colour. They will regularly go broody, we've known older hens to hatch 4 clutches of chickens in a year and they make attentive mothers. Sussex are robust and tolerate low temperatures.
The light Sussex has a white body with a black tail and black wing tips, its neck is white striped with black and has a very striking appearance.
The Silver Sussex is similar to the Light Sussex, except that the body is mostly black and the majority of the feathers on the body have silver lacing.
They are about the same size or perhaps marginally larger than either the Light or Speckled Sussex.
The cock in this photo has his wing clipped, he's a real romeo and considers all the ladies are here just for his pleasure.
The Speckled Sussex the oldest variety of this breed, is of medium size, in the heavy breed class and a layer of light brown or tinted eggs. They lay well as a utility bird although the egg is small relative to their size. Its plumage colour is a delight to the eye being of dark mahogany base colour with individual feathers ending in a white tip separated from the rest of the feathers by a black bar. These birds are slow to develop taking 8 to 9 months to mature but are worth the wait as this variety combines beauty with utility.
The colours found in Sussex are Brown, Buff, Coronation, Light, Red, Speckled, Silver, and White. The Sussex whatever its colour 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.