Sussex - April 2011

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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby binghamd » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:14 pm

The speckled look lovely birds. How do they perform as "utility" birds?
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby podstable » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:41 am

------- Mine still seem to have the original utility qualities.They kept laying all winter .They are certainly meaty feeling birds but I haven't eaten them so don't know what they taste like! ( They also are great broody/Mums ,they can cover a good number of eggs and certainly look after chicks. I have noticed they seem more careful around them some others like Silkies who will happily walk on them!). I assume though there are old/utility flocks and exhibition strains which may perform differently. RoS
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby podstable » Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:10 pm

Its such a lovely day I ve been out in the garden with my phone________________ :roll:
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Utility Strain Lt. Sussex 18 weeks.
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Doris,Boris,Harriet (Speck.Sx ) and meal worms!
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby Blue » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:08 pm

we have bantam lights, and an incubator full of large fowl lights..
have my heart set on some buff sussex eventually.

The speckled make me smile, they look to me as if they've been holding the ladder when my o/h paints a ceiling - all splattered with white emulsion!!
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby pebojuno » Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:27 am

binghamd wrote:The speckled look lovely birds. How do they perform as "utility" birds?

I expect they'd be very good- it would be a case of getting the right strain.

I have three hens which are slightly smaller and better marked and two hens which are massively built and less well marked - I'd say they are from a more utility stain while the others are from a show strain. They are all equally good layers though!

Blue wrote:The speckled make me smile, they look to me as if they've been holding the ladder when my o/h paints a ceiling - all splattered with white emulsion!!


Love this- it's a very good description of the colour! :D
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby victorias poultry » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:49 pm

Ros do you still have my line of speckled? - can sex them at early age.
Sussex are great birds, good layers and great mums.
I keep sussex bantams in light and coronation, large fowl in light and speckled.
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby podstable » Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:13 am

VP----Of course! .The chick in the Sussex bit is one of your Grandchildren ! Ros
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VP origins -Doris and Boris
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Sue---I have just been out and taken these for you!! Ros
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby pebojuno » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:28 pm

Beautiful healthy birds Ros :D

Does anyone have a copy of the exact standards for a speckled sussex cockerel? I lost my cockerel over the winter and have three of his sons to choose between but can't decide which one to go for :roll:
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby podstable » Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:24 pm

How on earth you could choose using markings I can't imagine.They change all the time,especially the boys.As growers mine seem to be too white in front ,too little at back.Then go seem to go generally speckled but not enough then they go just right but blink and you miss it then their too white ---mine has gone really white just recently since moulting.The girls seem more stable in markings.Ros
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Re: Sussex - April 2011

Postby pebojuno » Sat Apr 16, 2011 8:57 am

podstable wrote:How on earth you could choose using markings I can't imagine.They change all the time,especially the boys.As growers mine seem to be too white in front ,too little at back.Then go seem to go generally speckled but not enough then they go just right but blink and you miss it then their too white ---mine has gone really white just recently since moulting.The girls seem more stable in markings.Ros


I'd agree with that. The boys change all the time!

The one I've had my eye on since he was a grower has in the last week or so gone very white- with some feathers now completely white in his tail. (I personally prefer quite a bit of white- but I'm not sure about the standards?)
The biggest one - who I'm also tempted by :D is a dark mahogany all over with black specks but IMO not enough white at the moment
and the other one is in between with the markings but is the smallest so I think I've almost ruled him out! All the cockerels are about 22 weeks, they all have good speckley markings on their chests and all of them have good temperments so it is hard to choose between them :roll:

The hens do seem to stay more stable in colour- some of my older ones moult out with a little more white in them (not as bad as the millie pekins do!) but they are still well marked!

I'm sure I read about the standards somewhere so I'll have a look around the books I have and might try googling for speckled sussex boys in shows to see what I should be aiming for :D
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