Cackle Hatchery

"Hatching and Shipping Since 1936"
Family Owned for Three Generations

PO Box 529,  Lebanon, MO  65536
417-532-4581 - 417-588-1918 (fax)   .

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Speckled Sussex

 Speckled Sussex Chicken Rooster

Speckled Sussex Chicken Rooster

Speckled Sussex Chicken Hen

Speckled Sussex Chicken Hen

Day old Speckled Sussex chicks

Day old Speckled Sussex chicks

Speckled Sussex Chicken Rooster

Speckled Sussex Chicken Rooster

Speckled Sussex Chicken Hen

Speckled Sussex Chicken Hen

Close up of Speckled Sussex Chicken Rooster

Close up of Speckled Sussex Rooster

Hannah, age 6, holding her Speckled Sussex chicken hen we bought from Cackle Hatchery in 2009. Thank you. Mulliken, Michigan

Hannah, age 6, holding her Speckled Sussex Chicken hen we bought from Cackle Hatchery in 2009. Thank you. Mulliken, Michigan



Speckled Sussex Chicken Breed


Speckled Sussex Chicken Breed Information and Chicken Facts
*Heritage Breed

Speckled Sussex Chicken Breed Information:

This chicken originated in the county of Sussex and is a very old English breed.  The Speckled Sussex chicken was recognized as a distinct breed in 1914.  The Sussex is a very gentle and colorful bird. This variety of the Sussex breed makes for a good backyard chicken and dual purpose for meat or egg production. This bird is a very good layer and handles confinement well.  Their speckled coloring makes them blend in with the background and camouflages them from predators such as coyotes, and foxes.  They molt year and more speckles appear so they become even more colorful the older they get.

Chicken Facts:

  • Poultry Show Class: English

  • WeightsHen -------7 lbs          Rooster----9 lb
                      Pullet-------6  lbs       Cockerel---7 1/2 lbs                   

  • Purpose Dual Purpose: Egg Laying and Meat

  • Egg Shell Color - Brown

  • Egg Production - 180-240 eggs per year. (*estimates only, see FAQ)

  • Country of Origin -England

  • APA: Yes, Recognized by American Standard of Perfection

  • ALBC: Recovering status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.

  • Breeder Farm Source: "Cackle Hatchery Poultry Breeding Farm" developing our bloodline or strain of pure Speckled Sussex chicken since 1979.


Cackle Hatchery has these chickens for sale. If you would like just a few chicks for sale then check out our Small Poultry Order or City/Town Chicken Specials and also our Backyard Chicken Houses.


Minimum of 5 birds of each breed, variety, color, or sex. ONLY EXCEPTIONS: If you are ordering pullets, you may order 1 or 2 cockerels to go with them  or UNLESS YOU ARE ORDERING ONE OF THE CITY-TOWN OR SMALL ORDER SPECIALS”

Straight Run, Pullets and Cockerels are shipped at 1 day of age, the chicks arrive at your post office at 2-3 days of age  You MUST have a minimum order of 15 chicks total.





Breed  Group Quantity Per Chick Price
To Purchase
Speckled Sussex Straight Run 5 2.80 14.00
Speckled Sussex Straight Run 10 2.65 26.50
Speckled Sussex Straight Run 15 2.40 36.00
Speckled Sussex Straight Run 25 2.25 56.25
Speckled Sussex Straight Run 50 2.10 105.00
Speckled Sussex Straight Run 100 1.90 190.00
Speckled Sussex Pullets 5 3.05 15.25
Speckled Sussex Pullets 10 3.00 30.00
Speckled Sussex Pullets 15 2.85 42.75
Speckled Sussex Pullets 25 2.60 65.00
Speckled Sussex Pullets 50 2.45 122.50
Speckled Sussex Pullets 100 2.25 225.00
Speckled Sussex Cockerels 1-9 2.00 2.00
Speckled Sussex Cockerels 10 1.65 16.50
Speckled Sussex Cockerels 15 1.45 21.75
Speckled Sussex Cockerels 25 1.35 33.75
Speckled Sussex Cockerels 50 1.20 60.00
Speckled Sussex Cockerels 100 1.05 105.00

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