September 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm #249713
I have been researching chickens with the view to purchasing three for our backyard and have almost decided that these are the breed for us.
We want something that can be penned up (while the dog is out), free range, docile (for the kids) produces reasonably well, looks nice (Ash doesn’t like *evil* looking chickens), and lives and produces for a long time. Apparently this last condition is more likely in a pure bred chicken – although I am still looking for the magazine I read this in…
Does anyone have any experience or knowledge of this breed?
Warm Earth Magazine, March 2009
The Sussex chicken is an alert, docile bird that can adapt to any surroundings and is comfortable in both free range or confied spaces. The breed can sometimes go broody with the specked version most likely to do so. They are good foragers and make beautiful looking pets.
They were bred to be a dual purpose bird and it is one of the most productive breeds of poultry. They lay large eggs that are cream to light brown in colour. You can expect approximately 240 to 260 eggs a year, with the light and white varieties being the best choice for layers.September 19, 2009 at 10:01 pm #433535
Love my sussex donna:D, they really are a big docile bird……………they come in light( white with black tail and neck), silver ( black with white around neck), lilac ( white with silver grey neck and tail) and Buff ( soft brown colour with black tail and neck)…………….all the ones i have seen are the same placid temperment, but have heard stories of savage roosters…………………………..i can relate to Ash’s impression of some chooks looking evil:lol:September 19, 2009 at 10:26 pm #433536
I have 1 Sussex and she is the most placid of all my placid hens. She is an absolute gem! She is a great layer and she always reminds me of a little old lady! I am getting another Sussex around Xmas (and some others) purely because I find Agatha such a joy. Highly recommended!
Have fun!September 19, 2009 at 10:53 pm #433537
We have a sussex rooster. Lovely big quiet boy. A few months ago a fox got in the hen house and had the rooster in his mouth they must be quite a tough breed as he has fully recovered. We are thinking any hens we get in the future will be sussex as he such a great rooster.September 19, 2009 at 11:26 pm #433538
Thanks for the quick responses! I have a 3yo (and will shortly have a newborn) which is why I am leaning towards this breed. While they might be too big to pick up for awhile, will they let the 3yo pat them and collect their eggs?
Neither hubby or I have ever had chickens before and we live in Brisbane on a suburban block (so no roosters) – it will be a huge learning curve but there seem to be so many reasons to have them!September 20, 2009 at 12:03 am #433539
I have 4 beautiful big Light sussex girls and average 3 eggs per day. I also have a very big Light Sussex rooster who is so protective of the girls that you have to go in there with a broome or rake. I don’t think a fox would dare go near him or the girls even my dogs are scared of him. 😆September 20, 2009 at 2:57 am #433540
Ah the good old Light Sussex is the definite best for your needs. I have four of them and the buff and coronation as well and they are very docile and have really good personalities. One is already brooding, as has been for sometime.
Of course I could be biased, but after having Dorkings, Welsummers and Lohmans my money is on the Sussexs. 😀September 20, 2009 at 3:20 am #433541
I have one light sussex who is the best! Does anyone have any fertile light sussex eggs for sale in WA – I am keen to have a few more of these girls!.
know where I could get some more in WA.September 20, 2009 at 3:54 am #433542
I’m after a light sussex hen too in northwest vic… I was smitten too when I saw the ones that survived the Victorian fires in a magazine.
Also Donna I absolutely love my Austrolorp hen (I think she is have rhode island red). She is big but she is very friendly and lets me pat her all the time. All I do is crouch down and she comes running over and I pat her. She also has beautiful shiny blue black feathers.
Good luck 🙂September 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm #433543
I have found somewhere I can get three week old unsexed chicks for $7 each (only other place is $25 for sexed day old chicks). The only thing is what do I do if one (or more) is a rooster?
Hopefully the breeder will take them back for free, I am going to ask so fingers crossed – I will still be saving money unless I get six roosters…
A look on google is telling me that it is too hard to sex chicks at that age unless you are a professional.September 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm #433544
donna74. If you don’t mind could you let us know how you go with the three week old unsexed chicks? Does the breeder sell at that price regularly?
I’d be interested in a couple more hens myself as my girls are getting on in age but as we have our place on the market I won’t want to buy for a few months and it would be great to know a breeder.September 20, 2009 at 11:02 pm #433545
I have just purchased 2 five week old Sussex chickens from a breeder in Fernvale (an hour from our house in The Gap). She charged $8 each, and also had some older ones for a slightly higher cost. I don’t like the idea of getting unsexed ones – and 3 weeks is still quite young – you would need to be committed to looking after them inside, which means you would fall in love with them, and then maybe have to give them back……:(
This breeder also had other chicks of similar age, so I got a Polish and an Australorp as well. Let me know if you would like this breeders details.September 21, 2009 at 4:02 am #433546
I reckon my my eggs are fertile quesera as my rooster seems to be always having his way with my poor girls. Only thing is Im up past Gero. Cheers MSeptember 23, 2009 at 3:40 am #433547
Thanks Muzzy – just a little too far 🙂 But I went out today and my one sussex has laid eggs for the last three days. My Cross (not angry) rooster h as been on her also so will get white leghorn, sussex cross from the last three eggs I hope. Time to fire up that incubator again unless I can talk one of my bantams into going clucky really fast!. Nice to hear from someone in WA.November 27, 2009 at 11:01 pm #433548
Finally organised *almost* (hard with a newborn lol)… a local breeder has 12wo for $10 each and will keep 3 light for me until mid December as we have a trip organised to Sydney before then.
Now I am looking at a coop, there is one on ebay tempted to buy and hubby can extend easily, would appreciate comments.
A book suggested 1sqm each with 0.4 for house and 0.6 for run, then said this could be reduced if free range… opinions on this would be appreciated.
Also what is the size of light sussex – I know they are large and around 3.5kg but how high are they?
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