Meet Susan with her amazing speckled behind
Meet a Sussex with a fluffy behind!
This is an old breed derived from the Old Sussex fowls which were bred in Victorian times for their meat and eggs. The oldest variety is in fact the Speckled Sussex. The Light Sussex was developed using Brahmas, Cochins and Dorkings in the south east of England. Old English Game were used in the make-up of the Browns and Buffs and were developed during the twenties. During the war Light Sussexes along with Rhode Island Reds seem to have been popular breeds to keep for the dual purpose of eggs and meat. Colours vary from brown, red, speckled, silver and white Sussexes but light and buff are probably the most common colours. The Sussex is a heavy soft-feathered breed available as bantams or as large fowl. The hens are really good layers of tinted eggs and tend to lay in the winter as well.
ABOVE: The lovely Sussex. INSET: My Speckled Sussex’s wonderful fluffy bottom.