Breed Rating (71 Reviews)



The Sussex originated in the county of Sussex. They were prized table birds more than 100 years ago. The original colours were brown, red and speckled. The Sussex today is still a very popular breed to keep. Bred to be a dual purpose bird, it is one of the most productive breeds we have today. The hen will lay around 260 large eggs that are cream to light brown in colour. The Sussex is one of the oldest breeds that are still in existence today.


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 colours found in Sussex chickens are brown buff, light red, speckled, silver and white. The Sussex chicken 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. The brown and red varieties are rare now with the other colours being quite common.

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Sussex - Point Of Lay Hen - Silver

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Description: Beautiful hens-vaccinated and ready to start laying-wonderful silver sussex-lay 250 eggs per year

Sussex - Point Of Lay Hen - light

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Description: Guaranteed girls, vaccinated and ready to find new homes-wonderful light sussex-lay 250 eggs per year

Sussex - Pullet - Light Sussex large fowl

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Description: We have been breeding sussex hens now for 8 years and these birds are the best our breeding pen have produced. These are all nice sturdy birds all with solid collars. We are in most days just call or message first, or visit our website at PLEASE CONTACT BEFORE MAKING PAYMENT REGARDING STOCK.

Bantam Pullet-Buff

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Description: Very rare-we only have a few of these!

Latest Reviews For Sussex (5 of 71)

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love, love, love! friendliest , most curious, my favorite! - Virginia, 25 January 2015

My speckled Sussex are definitely my friendliest.I have a six month baby boy and he helps feed our tiny flock. The Sussex always stop, spread their wings a little, appear to kneel to be petted. They also try coming in the house every day, peck on the back sliding glass door when they want something or to tell me they're turning in for the evening. Just love them

- Olivia, 25 December 2013

A timid yet friendly member of the flock - Foxy, 19 October 2013

These stunning and eye catching birds certainly make an attractive member of any flock.Once calm , they can tolerate any handling but tend to flap if not handled properly . They are mostly timid and would not be seen pecking your other poultry.overall an nontactile yet eye catching member of your flock!

Fantastic layer - Jane, 26 July 2013

Lays beautiful eggs, has bossy confident persona. Not for the garden proud

Fantastic layer - Jane, 26 July 2013

Lays beautiful eggs, has bossy confident persona. Not for the garden proud

Breeder Clubs for Sussex

Scottish Sussex Club

Telephone: 01569 766775

Sussex Poultry Club


Telephone: 01364 653182

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