The Sussex breed is originally from England, and is a highly productive bird - and here in New Zealand they have proven to be an excellent utility, dual purpose bird, laying good size eggs that are tinted cream to a lovely brown colouration.
In their first years they are capable of laying upwards of 260 eggs per year.
There are many colours of the Sussex, from Brown, Buff, Light, Red, Speckled, Silver, White and Coronation.
The Sussex chicken, whatever colour, should be a large graceful bird with a broad long, flat back & a rectangular build, the tail should be at a 45 degree angle from the body. Their eyes should be red in the darker varieties & orange in the lighter colours & they have have a single, medium sized, erect comb.. Earlobes should be red with legs and skin white in every colour variety..
The light Sussex has a white body with a black tail and black wing tips. Its neck is white, striped with black and has a very striking appearance. The feathers around the neck are called hackle feathers and each one is black with a fine white lace around the edge.
The buff Sussex has a buff [ginger] body with a black tail and black wing tips. Its neck is buff coloured, striped with black and is very pretty in appearance. The hackle feathers around the neck are black and each one should have buff coloured edges..
If showing the buff Sussex, you would be well recommended to be careful to keep this breed out of strong sunlight, as their colour will fade.
We keep all three colours of the more popular Sussex colours bred here in NZ.
See our Light Sussex here
See our Coronation Sussex here
We have found the Buff Sussex to perhaps be one of the most under-rated of the utility breeds.. One which has proven themselves here as very fast growing birds, excellent for both eggs and meat.. Maturing to a good large heavy size much faster than many of the other large breeds..
This stunning looking Buff breed is one of our very best layers, with beautiful large tinted / brown eggs.. and we have been getting excellent feedback & rave reviews with regards to our pullets out there from our customers who have chosen this breed.. although can sometimes be a bit more prone to broodiness during the warmer months, but usually will start to lay early right through the season & through most of winter too, and boy do they lay the most beautiful big eggs!
The Buff Sussex are nice quiet birds with a friendly docile nature making them an extremely enjoyable breed to own.. They are a favourite of ours.
We give all our Sussex breeds 5 stars and our Buff Sussex are not different ***** having proven themselves to be right up there with some of the best layers we have had to date!
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