Sussex Chickens

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sussex chickens are believed to have been first bred in Britain (in the area that was to become England) around the time of the Roman invasion of AD 43 making them one of the oldest known breeds. Originally bred as a table bird, the Sussex has since become a dual-purpose bird, working for both meat and egg production. Today they are a popular breed for exhibitions as well as a backyard breed. The breed has made a huge contribution to the poultry industry and is even an ancestor to the modern broiler.

The Sussex chicken is an alert, docile breed that can adapt to any environment, comfortable in both free range or confined spaces and in the presence of humans. The breed sometimes (but not very often) goes broody; the speckled version is most likely to do so. They are good foragers. The feathers of the Speckled variety all have a mix of mahogany and black with white tips. Sometimes the amount of white increases as the bird moults each year.

The Speckled Sussex is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm.



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