- Speckled Sussex
This Speckled Sussex chicken originated in the county of Sussex and is a very old English breed and 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. With each yearly molt more speckles appear so they become even more colorful the older they get.
We also have the Speckled Sussex Started Pullet available to order.
We also offer at limited times of the year Speckled Sussex Fertile Hatching Eggs
Speckled Sussex Projected Availability
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: English Class
- Weights: Hen -------7 lbs Rooster----9 lb
Pullet-------6 lbs Cockerel---7 1/2 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
- Egg Shell Color: Light Brown
- Egg Production: 180-240 eggs per year. (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Active/Curious
- Gender Accuracy: 80-85%
- Fertility Percentage: 60-75%
- Broody: Setter
- Mating Ratio: 10 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: England
- APA: Yes, Recognized by American Standard of Perfection in 1914
- ALBC: Recovering status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of pure Speckled Sussex chicken since 1979.
Very Friendly Review by Chicken Person
A few years ago we decided to buy some chicks and ended up with four healthy speckled Sussex chickens to live along with some other animals. This was our first time with chicks and we absolutely adored having them around. We experimented with Barred rocks as well since they are reviewed as “Friendly and sweet” but we found that these hens hated being held or being approached where as our three (One had died from illness) Sussex’s where much sweeter and loved to be held. (Posted on 1/22/2020)
Thanks Review by Jessica C
We are first-time chicken keepers and ordered 15 chicks from Cackle. Eighteen healthy chicks arrived, though one died a month later from malnutrition from a beak deformity. We loved that we were able to order five different breeds, all of which are as described-- cold hardy, friendly, and very healthy. They are now five months old and were very chipper when we released them into the yard this morning while it was 18 degrees out. Our friendliest birds are the Speckled Sussex, followed by Buff Orpington, Cinnamon Queen, Easter Egger and Black Laced Red Wyandotte. (Posted on 11/20/2019)
Speckled Sussex Review by E
Mine are nearly three months old, and I adore them. Mine were the first of my eight breeds to wait for me to pick them up. They are the easiest to pick up because as I mentioned, they wait to be held and even let e hold them for a while. Their speckles are beautiful, and their disposition is sweet, so I highly recommend this breed. (Posted on 6/26/2019)
Hearty healthy and Happy Hens! Review by Benti and Nesbit Hens
I've now had my two backyard chickens for 5 yrs today and let me say they are some strong, well producing hens. Love them very much. In fact, one of them was attacked by a stray dog 3 yrs ago and ripped open from belly to tail and I stitched her up with 27 stitches using dental floss and a sewing needle. She is doing well and one of the top producers of eggs!
I highly recommend this breed as they are so friendly and very inquisitive. They love to roam the front yard when I'm working outside and follow me all over the place. (Posted on 5/2/2019)
very satisfied Review by bubba the rooster
Received chicks 2 weeks ago and all were healthy and very active. After 2 weeks all are growing and doing well. Very happy with the chicks and Cackle Hatchery for supplying these healthy chicks (Posted on 4/30/2019)
chicken Review by Bucky
I got ten hen and a rooster they are great looking chickens. they like to come to you and see what you are doing. the are almost 8 months old now they are laying a few eggs it is a few days till Christmas and cold they are doing really well thanks. (Posted on 12/23/2018)
Very Pleased Customer Review by DGail
I received my order of 15 (plus one) Speckled Sussex pullets just as promised. I'm so happy with these chicks. All are healthy, active chicks. I'd order again from Cackle Hatchery and recommend to anyone. (Posted on 4/25/2018)
The Most Curious and Friendly Hens Review by Debbie
My Speckled Sussex hens are a delight! They are always the first to come running when I approach and have to check everything out. They are so fun to watch as they race around the property. The rooster tends to be a bit aggressive at times but he is very protective of the hens as they roam. Love your company and am going to buy more birds from you this spring. (Posted on 12/24/2017)
Beautifl, tame, interesting breed Review by Kat
I ordered chicks this year and got five (one extra sent, so six) Speckled Sussex pullets (and one cockerel), and four Silver-Laced Wyandottes. The Speckled Sussex are the friendliest chickens that I've raised so far. I didn't expect them to tame down so much, but they are always on your lap or following nearby (or trying to find you through the windows of your house when they can hear you, haha). They are pretty noisy. These chickens greatly enjoy being outside, so they get the least amount of coop time I'm able to allow. They are very beautiful in the yard and are just delightful and oh so curious. I have enjoyed this breed more than any that I have raised over the years. The rooster does get a little "territorial" sometimes, but has not been overly aggressive, thus far. I look forward to keeping these great chickens for a while. As usual, this hatchery was great. All chicks arrived healthy and active. One did get sick, and I thought was going to die, but pulled through and she is now one of the more active, vibrant hens in the bunch. (Posted on 12/20/2017)
Happy Customer Review by Lindsay
I chose to order my chicks from Cackle Hatchery because the website really impressed me and I was confident I would receive happy healthy chicks. I was not disappointed! I received my chicks on 3/23/17 so I have had them for 5 days now. All 15 I ordered arrived happy and healthy and to my surprise I had 2 extra chicks! This is something I have been looking forward to for a very long time, my first time raising chicks of my own! I love that I was able to order a variety of different breeds for a diverse flock. I am over the top happy with my chicks and Cackle Hatchery. I have even ordered a shirt, can cozies, a sign "I love my Cackle Hatchery chicks" and chicken socks: ) !!! I want to show my appreciation for such a fun new chapter in my life! Being a momma hen!! (Posted on 10/27/2017)
Hi Review by September 2017
We wanted to write to you and tell you how thrilled we have been with the chickens we ordered from you in July. We had always talked about having back yard chickens and finallydecided to go for it this summer. We researched all early summer, began building our custom coop and finally decided on the breed we really wanted. Next on the list was to check out the hatcheries. We also did our research in this department. We found ourselves falling in love with your hatchery. We watched the videos, read reviews and made our decision.
On our way home from vacation in July we made an off the beat detour to come visit your hatchery and grab a bite from your restaurant across the street (best food ever). We took a peek at the chicks available, bought a few things from your store and placed our order for 5 speckled Sussex pullets. We were giddy all the way home knowing our girls would arrive later that week. When the girls arrived we were pleasantly surprised to find not 5, but 6 very active chicks. They were so sweet, even the postal ladies were sad to see them go.
We headed home for a brand new adventure and the fun has yet to stop. We have been amazed at how fun and fast growing the girls are. We learn new things daily and we were even sad when it was time to move them outside. Like parents whose child is moving away from home for the first time. Everyday they are relaxing and entertaining to watch and taking over more of our hearts. They are all healthy and happy so we thought we would share a few pictures we just took of them at 6 1/2 weeks. Tossed in a couple of younger ones and the coop as well. We hope you enjoy them. (Posted on 9/26/2017)
Speckled Sussex Review by KnoxT
Bought chicks in past locally for 5 years. My sis got me an order for my bday from Cackle. I am extremely pleased with my order. I received a mixed order but of all 17 the 3 Speckled have stood out. At 6 weeks old they are the most friendly, curious and happy girls. They greet me first and will sit upon my shoulder or lap. I will definitely order from Cackle again. (Posted on 5/16/2017)
Nice Docile Chicken Review by Barbara
I love the speckled Sussex chickens I got from Cackle. A very tame & beautiful chicken. My son actually wanted them. We ordered 6 & got 6 healthy chicks & all are growing everyday into lovely hens. (Posted on 4/28/2017)
A Lot Of Good, Tiny Bit Of Bad, Thank You! Review by Rebecca
I recommend you to everyone! Instead of a 100 this year I'll give you a 95 rating. Pros: Great customer service, almost all of the chicks I ordered last year and this year arrived healthy, vigorous, and beautiful. Cons: First order placed in Dec. marked extras that I didn't get( no biggie just being honest) and one Easter Egger developed a crooked leg and we had to dispatch her. 1 of the Speckled Sussex pullets grew into a cockerel. But that is okay because they are all friendly, gorgeous, and healthy! I highly recommend them! Second order Feb. I've had two delays and changes to my last order of Black Ameracauna, Buff Brahma, Jumbo Cornish X, and Red Broilers. Order changed to May 3. But that is okay! Later means warmer and I don't have to worry about snowstorms so much for the chicks. The Cx last year were excellent and healthy! Not like the feed store birds. And the Black Ameracauna last year are outstanding birds. Overall you have done a great job and again, I recommend you to everyone! I just LOVE the Speckled Sussex! I'll only buy from Cackle. (Posted on 4/25/2017)
Great experience Review by Erica J.
Purchased 15 chicks--speckled sussex, easter egger, cinnamon queen, buff orpington and dark brahmas. I was sent two extra--buff orpington and easter egger. All chicks arrived super healthy and on time. It was a great experience with Cackle Hatchery from start to finish, and I'm so pleased since this was my very first experience purchasing chicks. (Posted on 3/6/2017)
Wonderful chickens! Review by Davy
The speckled Sussex. In my opinion, the prettiest chicken around. they are also very tame! THANK YOU! (Posted on 10/7/2016)
25/25 Happy, healthy cutie pies! Review by Hillside Homesteader
Thanks so much for a healthy flock! The chicks arrived happy, healthy and all alive! I've raised many breeds of chickens, but these are possibly the most easy going birds I've raised yet! I'm a very happy customer and look forward to doing more business with Cackle Hatchery! (Posted on 9/18/2016)
A wonderful experience. All survived and are thriving. Have everything in place before they arrive. Review by Miss 76
We ordered three speckled Sussex and received four chicks. One had a bit of pasty butt probably through the stress of transport but I rinsed her bottom off with warm water and Hibiclens and she cleared right up. All four are now 11.5 weeks. They are very tame, healthy hens. We couldn't be happier with the four we received. Looking forward to having their eggs. (Posted on 7/21/2016)
Order Review by Rachel Missouri January 2010
You carried all of the chicks that I wanted and you minimum is 15 and the shipping charges are not as bad. Plus I live in Missouri also and it is good to support our area. Thanks for making me a happy customer. (Posted on 12/8/2015)
Our order Review by Nannette, Wyoming March 2012
Your baby chicks arrived on time and in great shape. They are settling in nicely. Thank you for doing a great job at the hatching and sending part. And we really appreciated the very helpful descriptions regarding bird/breed characteristics. GOOD JOB!...WELL DONE! (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Received my order today Review by Joan, Iowa March 2012
I received my order of pullets from you today and I just wanted to THANK-YOU. All of them are nice and healthy. This is all new to me, I have never ordered baby chicks, but you guys made it a wonderful experience!! I am very happy customer and will tell all my friends about your services. Thanks again, (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Chick Order Review by Barbara, Missouri March 2013
Just got our order of chicks and they look wonderful! Thank you for the extra two chicks. I can hardly wait to see what I have. They are drinking and eating and chirping happily in the brooder. Thank you for the great care you give in supplying these nice chicks. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Chicks Review by Wanda, Texas April 2013
Now on the other chicks (Splash Cochins and Sussex) I think you may have crossed them with Michael Jordan. They have the biggest feet I've ever seen on an almost month old chick. My husband said he was so glad chickens didn't wear tennis shoes.:>))) One of the Sussex is named Trouble and that's enough said on her. Such a personality on that girl! The Cochins and Sussex are beautiful and the Spitzhauben are GORGEOUS! chicks. I wish I had room to build another chicken house and pen for a 100 of them. Wonderful looking chicks!!! I'm tickled to have them. Thanks so much, (Posted on 11/30/2015)
GREAT JOB Review by Mike California Sept 2014
You hear a lot of complaints all the time. (I have read your message to the customers). What I want to tell you TODAY, however is THAT I THINK YOU DO A GREAT JOB, AND I AM 100% SATISFIED A++++WITH YOUR SERVICE, THE QUALITY OF THE BIRDS SENT, YOUR CATALOG, THE INTERNET AND ALL OF CACKLE HATCHERY--I LOVE IT. I have been ordering almost yearly from Cackle for about 10 years now I believe and I am never disappointed. There is nothing but good that comes from Cackle! (Posted on 11/20/2015)
Thanks! Review by Big R, Illinois April 2014
I just wanted to send out a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone at Cackle Hatchery. Our chicks have been nothing short of SPLENDID from you, always arriving warm, dry and healthy. Our customers have been very pleased with their chicks, some even bring me photos of last year's chickens, boasting about their egg production and health of their flock. We have enjoyed many repeat customers based on the over-all happiness of the chicks, that although come from our store YOU are the ones that deserve the accolades. Our store is the smallest in our chain but we have never been treated as if we were not as important as other stores with larger orders by your staff. Just this last Monday I called needing to put in an "Emergency" order as we quickly ran out of chicks that had just arrived 3 days earlier. I had to have new chicks in the store no later than Friday. I was wonderfully taken care of and sent via the phone to someone that could help me out in your "over-hatch". One hundred more chicks were not only ordered but shipped that day to my store. They arrived this morning right on time and in excellent health. i have had chickens all my life, dealt with many hatcheries but I can say without a doubt I have been most impressed by your customer service and quality of chicks. (Posted on 11/20/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Robert Maine May 2011
Thank you so much for the wonderful chicks. They are all so kind. Some of them even will jump into my lap when I make a clicking noise. It is looking good for our chickens. Thank you. (Posted on 11/11/2015)