Poultry chickens are typically petted for two reasons – their meat and eggs.
According to the American Poultry Association, 53 known chicken breeds are petted across the US and Canada.
One of these breeds is Sussex Chickens.
These birds are distinguished by their speckled plumage. Originally from Sussex in England, these birds are high;y tolerant to extreme cold climates.
They can weigh up to 8 lbs and can breed eggs during winters too. To your surprise, these birds can lay up to 4 eggs per week. Meaning they are great for poultry purposes.
However, these birds are not so tolerant of warmer climates. So, if you’re thinking of breeding Sussex chickens in topical or southern regions, you should look for any other breed.
Before the modern Cornish crosses entered England, Sussex chickens were a staple table bird. These birds are great foragers and are also pretty docile.
In short, Sussex chickens can make up for a tremendous economical poultry bird.
Sussex chickens can eat almost any poultry feed – worms, grains, scraps, you name it, and they’ll love it.
However, when it comes to feeding, make sure you do not overfeed them. Overfeeding can lead to excessive weight gains in Sussex chickens. And as a result, it would affect their brooding ability.
More so, overfeeding can also lead to health issues in chickens.
That being said, Sussex chickens can also feed on human ration or special feeds. You can consider mixed snacks for chickens that are naturally sourced and rich in calcium.
Well, calcium helps with their brooding and also strengthens their immune system. Thus, improves the overall quality of the meat and the eggs that they brood.
When you’re considering breeding chickens for their meat and eggs, you’d probably wish to confine them in closed fences or breeders.
However, not all chickens are docile to fencing and confinement.
Thankfully, that is not the case with Sussex chickens. These birds are not aggressive and adapt to confinements pretty well.
Besides, due to their docile nature, they’ll not wander off foraging for food if kept out of confinement.
That being said, when building fences for these birds, it is worth noting that they need more space due to their large size.
Ideally, you’ll need 4-5 feet per bird if you plan to keep them in poultry breeders. In contrast, if you plan to keep them on the run, you should consider about 12-14 feet per bird.
Even if you plan to put them in your backyard, you don’t need to fence too high. Since these birds are heavy and cannot fly too easily, fencing up to 48″ is adequate.
But, then again, you should consider other factors such as wildlife attacks in your area. If you live on the outskirts or farms, it is better to fence higher to prevent predators from attacking your chickens.
Many poultry owners don’t know this, but Sussex chickens become more beautiful as they grow older.
Every time a Sussex hen moults, the speckles on its feathers also multiply.
On this note, we hope that you have everything about this breed. So, if you’re thinking of breeding this spectacular bird on your farm, make sure you prepare well. And are ready to be fascinated by their multiplying beauty.