Sussex - April 2011

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Sussex - April 2011

Postby Tim » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:43 am

Breed of the Month for April by popular demand is... The Sussex.

The keyring is still up for grabs :roll: because nobody has provided any substantial information about the Sussex yet.

I will wait for April to pass and the best post in this thread with the most useful information will get the keyring (extra brownie points for photos!) If it isn't clear cut, I'll put it to you with a poll.

Good Luck!
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby Tim » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:03 am

To start the ball rolling... a couple of photos...

National 2010 Best of Breed Light Sussex.

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Light Sussex Best of Breed National 2010
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Close up of Light Sussex Best of Breed National 2010
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby podstable » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:26 am

Well--- The Sussex , old utililty breed Used for meat production in Sussex and Kent from where it was taken by rail to meat markets in London,originally one of the main factors in SE rail development. L/F and bantam fowl in a large variety of colours. Speckled, brown ,red ,light,white ,Coronation etc . Good layers of largish eggs , good pet/garden chickens and good broodies. They are relatively tough and disease free. Originally descend from old Dorking fowl , recognised as exhibition strain from 1903. Shape--Long oval body,full breast,Shurt thighs,male tail set 45deg.,female at 35deg.Four toes ,distinct from its 5 toed Dorking ancestor. Standard Sussex colours---Brown,buff,light,red,speckled,silver,white, also cuckoo which is not a standard colour but apparently one of the original colours. Before 1903 Sussex bred as Speckled,Red and Light. 1908--along comes the Brown, 1918-Buff, 1925,White and the Silver in 1960S . These occured by crossing with other breeds eg buff-from crossing with buff Orpington, Light from crossing with light Brahma. These colour developments led to the Sussex being widely used as a base for sex linked and hybrid development. Speckled Sussex Bantam grower. _Was going to add more pics but it suddenly wants me to alter size--I cant do that! --well thats all ! Ros
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Mildred the ever broody Buff Sx bantam!
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Speckled Sussex LF 2 days old.
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Coronation Sussex L/F 6/7weeks.Mildred the ever broody Buff Sx bantie . I GIVE UP TRYING TO SORT THESE PICS!
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby Davidd » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:29 am

Hello, the sussex comes in the following standard colours- brown, buff, coronation, light,red, speckled,silver and white in both bantam and large fowl. They are a good dual purpose bird. Light sussex are probably the most common and coronation the rarest. The other standard colours vary in numbers buffs, speckled and silvers common but red, brown and white not so often seen these days.They are not too broody but make good mothers when given the chance- the bantams tend to go broody more often.

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a coronation sussex cockerel

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A coronation Pullet and light sussex pullet
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby podstable » Sat Apr 02, 2011 3:05 pm

This is a bit more added on -I have given up trying to sort pics on 1st bit so here goes again (having had a large Valium sandwich for lunch!)
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L/F Speckled Sx chick 2 days.
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Coronation Sx L/F grower 6/7 weeks
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby Tim » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:29 pm

Wow :-)08 I can see why people wanted Sussex as breed of the month now!

They look great... Great to see the Coronation Sussex too, having just got some growers (thank you again Davidd!) It's nice to see some others..
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby pebojuno » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:29 pm

Lovely birds everyone :D

Here's my effort!

The Sussex is a fairly heavy chicken as they were originally a utility bird bred for meat as well as egg production. They are good foragers and enjoy free ranging and digging holes to dustbathe in!

The Sussex was developed in the county of Sussex :roll: over a hundred years ago. The speckled sussex was the first colour - they are incredibly beautiful chickens with mahogany, black and white plumage with a beautiful greenish tint to the black parts of the feather.

The Sussex is a very popular breed most regularly seen in the light sussex (known as columbian in many other breeds) colouring. There are several other varieties of Sussex including red, brown, light, buff, silver, coronation and white. Most of the colours have a bantam equivalent.

The ever popular Light Sussex has been used widely in the development of sex-linked hybrids for commercial laying flocks and meat birds and they are also often crossed with silkies to create goldtops - which are fantastic broodies.

Sussex hens are generally reliable broodies and good mothers. They are good layers of light brown eggs and are often very friendly, calm, inquisitive chickens which easily become tame so they are ideal as pets.

We keep a group of speckled sussex - they are lovely birds and I'd recommend them to anyone :D
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I keep breeding groups of cream legbars, chamois poland bantams, mixed pekins, silver lace wyandottes, speckled sussex and white orpingtons!
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby pebojuno » Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:32 pm

Looks like speckled and coronation are the most commonly kept by people on the forum :D
I keep breeding groups of cream legbars, chamois poland bantams, mixed pekins, silver lace wyandottes, speckled sussex and white orpingtons!
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby podstable » Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:32 am

-------PJ ----- that has to be because Speckled Sx L/F are the loveliest chickens (they are my favourites). A query about them -----I find mine are nearlY autosexing ----the chick in my photo and also in Pj's are yellow gold with very feint markings,I find these are nearly all boys,the girls as chicks seem to have much more pronounced partridge markings, is this just mine or do others find the same??Ros
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby pebojuno » Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:18 am

podstable wrote:-------PJ ----- that has to be because Speckled Sx L/F are the loveliest chickens (they are my favourites). A query about them -----I find mine are nearlY autosexing ----the chick in my photo and also in Pj's are yellow gold with very feint markings,I find these are nearly all boys,the girls as chicks seem to have much more pronounced partridge markings, is this just mine or do others find the same??Ros


They are lovely aren't they- proper farmyard type hens.

I definitely noticed that there seem to be lighter chicks and those with go faster stripes :D last year which was my first year of hatching them but I didn't keep tabs on which ones turned out to be boys or girls!

At the moment I'm growing on a replacement cockerel as the fox had mine so my sussex girls are in with the cream legbars for now- put a few eggs in the inci and some very pretty chicks have hatched - dread to think what they'll look like when they're fully grown but they should be good layers :D

When my cockerel is ready and we hatch some I'll try marking the lighter ones to see if there is any correlation between the down colour and sex - be handy if it were so :D
I keep breeding groups of cream legbars, chamois poland bantams, mixed pekins, silver lace wyandottes, speckled sussex and white orpingtons!
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