Sussex

As its name might suggest, the Sussex originates from the United Kingdom. It is a great breed for either meat or eggs, depending on how it has been bred. Though not as efficient as the Australorp, the Sussex has the ability to lay up to 280 eggs annually. This breed has exceptional fertility rates and subsequently is easily broody. Due to its many feathers, the Sussex has a great ability to withstand the cold which makes it ideal for colder climates. It is not recommended for hot climates. The Sussex is a popular breed in Australia, especially the light Sussex variety. Its tail sits at a 45 degree angle from its body and its comb has five well-defined points.

Classification

Soft feather – heavy

Appearance

Varies from black, red to white with buff, speckled (oldest variety), silver, light, coronation. Beak colour may vary from horn to pinkish or white.

Weight

Cock 4.1 Kg
Hen 3.2 Kg
Cockerel 3.4 Kg
Pullet 2.7 Kg

Bantam Variety Sussex

Rooster 1.5 Kg
Hen 1.1 Kg

Egg Colour

Tinted brown