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Sussex Chickens

January 28th, 2011 at 13:38

Sussex Chickens – A Very Popular Backyard Breed

Sussex Chickens History & Appearance

picture of sussex chickenSussex Chickens were developed from the Speckled Barn hen as far back as when the Romans invaded Britain in AD43. Originally they were a dark bird but later interbreeding with Cochin stock led to the Light Sussex which in turn increased the egg laying numbers.

Nowadays there are several colours which include brown, red, white, silver, speckled, buff and cuckoo.

The Sussex has a single comb and red ear lobes, the legs are white and they possess a solid rectangular shape body with the tail sticking out at 45 degrees. All in all the Sussex Chicken is a typical farmyard bird and will grace any backyard.

Sussex Hens Egg Laying & Broodiness.

picture of sussex chickenThe hens occasionally become broody, but it is usually the speckled sussex variety that are more prone to brooding. The girls are excellent layers despite being recognized as a heavy breed.

The eggs are large and are cream to light brown in colour. You can expect to get upto 250 eggs a year from a prime sussex, the light variety being the better egg producers.

Caring For Your Sussex Chickens.

sussex chickens pictureYou’ll enjoy looking after Sussex hens, they make great pet chickens. They are very alert but have a docile character. They’re great foragers and are adept at free ranging or being kept cooped up in a small space. In fact the breed was kept in a great number of small backyards during the wartime, where they provided their keepers with a fresh supply of very precious eggs.

Sussex Chickens Are Great Egg Layers And Don’t Mind Whether They Roam Free Range Or Cooped Up. A Great Starter Bird…

Here’s some more information on Sussex Chickens, just watch the video.

 

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