Breed Rating (72 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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Latest Reviews For Sussex (5 of 73)

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Beautiful, gentle giants - Isis,

We have some heritage light sussex and they are huge but extremely gentle and loving chickens. Our rooster loves cuddles, and the two girls are round and floofy! Would definitely recommend these as starter chickens as they are quite hardy, lay well and are very lovable.

Good layers but can be bullies. - Georgia,

I have 2 light Sussex in an integrated flock. They are fantastic foragers but tear up our garden- which is largely moss, very easily. They love picking snails, worms and other insects off the ground and jump high in the air to catch flies. However their natural foraging talent has lead to them catching mice and frogs, which is not pleasant to watch as they are extremely quick and determined to protect their meal; usually running around like rugby players, each chicken harassing the one with the prey. They are very dominant and pick on the other breed we have (Burford Browns) by feather pecking. The most dominant even picks on the othe Sussex. This is definitely not due to boredom as they spend most of the day free ranging. Also run they live in for the morning is huge. Furthermore, my one Sussex lays 5/6 times a week- which is impressive for a pure breed, however the other doesn't lay at all- she has an unknown problem of some sort- this is no reflection on the breed's laying performance. They are hardy and never get ill- apart from a series of crop impactions for one chicken during the summer of 2015. They are tame and sprint over when I call them- this is extremely hilarious! However their speed and wilfulness means they are difficult to catch- impossible when free ranging. They love to eat- so confinement is not recommended as they can run to fat. Finally, they are exceptionally noisy when waiting to be let out of the run in the morning so an urban home would not suit. Thank you for reading, I hope it has been helpful. Georgia

love, love, love! friendliest , most curious, my favorite! - Virginia,

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,

A timid yet friendly member of the flock - Foxy,

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!

Breeder Clubs for Sussex

Scottish Sussex Club

Telephone: 01569 766775

Sussex Poultry Club


Telephone: 01364 653182

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