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Stoplight Breed Of The Week Speckled Sussex
The Speckled Sussex
chicken It's one of the oldest known breeds that originated in Sussex County, England and there's evidence that the Romans found a similar breed when they invaded England over two thousand years ago. However, the Speckled Sussex breed didn’t reach America until about 1912 and was recognized by the American Poultry Association
The Speckled Sussex bird became a famous table chicken breed
because of its pleasantly pleasing flavor, pinkish white skin and their finesse at fattening up. The Speckled Sussex is considered a medium-sized bird in the heavy breeds class. The rooster will dress out between 8-10 pounds on average and hens at about 6-8 pounds. Their main coloring is a deep rich mahogany with cream color speckles and they have innumerable differences in the speckling patterns. With each yearly molt more, speckles appear so they become even more colorful the older they get.
The Speckled Sussex Breed
is one of the best backyard chickens
for being adaptable. They are friendly docile birds that are heat and cold tolerant. They do well in confinement and are an exceptional bird for a free-ranging
environment. This is due to their speckled coloring which makes them blend in with the background and camouflages them from predators
such as coyotes and foxes. They are also great layers of tinted or light brown eggs, and they lay right through the coldest weather. These hens are very likely to set and become broody
as soon as the weather warms in the spring and are excellent mothers.
Adult description-Their main color is mahogany with each feather tipped with a small cream speckle and a narrow black bar divides the cream color from the remainder of their feathers. The females main tail feathers are black mottled with brown, and each feather is tipped with a cream color. The males tail feathers are luxurious greenish black and are also tipped with a cream color. Their beaks color is horn while their legs and toes are a pinkish white.
Baby chick description-
Chicks are dark brown with 2 light brown streaks lengthwise down there back and have white wing tips, chest, and abdomens. They have a single comb, beaks are a brown color and feet and legs are a pinkish white.
The Speckled Sussex breed
Is very popular with our customers and is always in demand. The American Livestock Conservancy
list the Speckled Sussex breed status as recovering. We only hatch this breed seasonal February through May, and we sell out quickly. So, make sure to place your order early!
Calm and curious, adaptable to confinement or free range.
Dual purpose eggs and meat
Yes good mothers
: Very hardy
20- 22 weeks Mating ratio
: 10 females to 1 male
Brown Egg size:
Rate Of Lay:
Good Eggs per year:
180 to 240
Hen 7 lbs Rooster: 9 lbs
Pullet 6 lbs Cockerel 7 lbs
Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.
4Ft - 8FT
Life Span: Of the Speckled Sussex
chickens will depend on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard Speckled Sussex chicken will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, egg production will decrease each year.
peckled, Red and Light.
In England, another variety is recognized, the Brown (a very dark red color). Some breeders have created additional colors, such as Coronation, Buff, White, and Silver.
Spotlight Breed Of The Week Leghorns
It’s not exactly clear the origin of the Leghorn (pronounced leg-urn) however, it appears they derived from a lightweight brown breed in Italy around the early 1800s and were known as the “Italians”. By 1850 there were two varieties the original brown
version, and white
. Years later in the US, they have renamed leghorns after the Tuscan port they were exported from. They immediately became popular for their prolific laying abilities, feed-to-egg ratio, and their rarity to exhibit broodiness resulting in uninterrupted egg-laying cycles that had not been seen before. Although leghorns are a leaner bird their value as egg layers
earned them greater appreciation despite their small size. These beautiful birds are clever, alert and are a very active breed. They feather quickly, mature early and the pullets often begin laying at 4 months of age. Leghorns are efficient foragers and are one of the best birds for free-ranging that can avoid predators. The White Leghorn
is one of the premier commercial egg-laying breeds of today and produces the majority of the world's crop of white eggs. The American Livestock Breed Conservancy
have the Leghorn breed status listed as recovering and is considered a heritage sustainable breed.
Adult Birds description:
Short backs, short shanks, low set bodies with graceful curves and long flowing tail feathers. All the plumage of the White Leghorn
is white. The Brown Leghorn
roosters heads are orange-red, shading to golden yellow toward the shoulders, and then deep, orange-red over their backs. Their tails, wings fronts and breasts are black. Hens are more brown in color with an orangish head and neck. Leghorns have white earlobes and yellow legs.
Baby Chick description:
The white variety chicks are pale yellow or creamy white. The brown variety is brown in color and have two light brown streaks down their backs.
Flighty, noisy avoids human contact, adaptable to confinement or free range.
Eggs laying production
: Very hardy
weeks Mating ratio
: 12 females to 1 male
White Egg size:
Large to extra large
Rate Of Lay:
Excellent Eggs per year:
Hen 4 1/2 lbs Rooster: 6 lbs
Pullet 4 lbs Cockerel 5 lbs
Confined at all times 7 1/2 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 3 square feet of space per bird.
4Ft - 8FT
Because Leghorn chickens are productive egg layers, their lifespan is less than the average bird they live to be around 4-6 years of age. However, egg production will decrease each year.
, Buff, Dominique, Silver Duckwing, and White
Most breeds that have white earlobes lay white eggs. The unique color pattern of the brown Leghorn helps to camouflage them making it harder for predators to detect them when free ranging.
STOPLIGHT BREED OF THE WEEK WHITE PLYMOUTH ROCKS
One of the most popular heritage breeds for a brown egg layer are the Plymouth Rocks and White Plymouth Rocks are the second most popular variety of that Plymouth Rock family. They originated in the United States around 1850 in the town of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Several individuals claim the invention of this breed by careful selection and breeding of a Spanish, White Cochin, Dominique, Buff Cochin, Black Java and a Brahma. The white color is the result of recessive white genes. This is a different inheritance than the dominant white color inheritance found in white breeds such as White Leghorns. The White Plymouth Rocks were accepted into the American standard of perfection in 1888. The Plymouth Rock breed became popular very rapidly, and in fact, until World War II, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively as these birds. Its popularity came from its early laying abilities and being an outstanding dual-purpose farm chicken. They are extremely hardy docile birds that can handle cold weather as well as excellent producers of large brown eggs, and meat that was considered tasty and juicy. They seldom go broody and do well in confinement or are content to free range. The Plymouth Rock hens approximate mature weight is 7 ½ pounds and Roosters 9 ½ pounds. The Plymouth Rock was one of the foundation breeds for the broiler industry in the 1920's. The American Livestock Breed Conservancy have the Plymouth Rock breed status listed as recovering and is Considered a Heritage Sustainable Breed.
Adult Birds description: Long, broad bodies with well-rounded moderately deep breasts. All of the feathers of White Plymouth Rocks are white, which produces a uniformly white bird. Their combs are red medium size, single comb evenly serrated with 5 well-defined points that is straight and upright. Their beak feet and legs are yellow.
Baby Chick description: The chicks are mostly white with some having a smoky gray tint. They have single or serrated combs. The beaks, feet, and legs are yellow.
Origin: United States
Classification Type: American Class
Temperament: Adaptable to confinement or free range, calm & docile.
Purpose: Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production.
Broodiness: Not generally but make good mothers.
Hardiness: Cold hardy
Maturing: 18-20 weeks Mating ratio: 10 females to 1 male
Egg color: Brown Egg size: Large
Rate Of Lay: Excellent Eggs per year: 280- 300
Weight: Hen 7 1/2 lbs Rooster: 9 1/2 lbs
Pullet 6 lbs Cockerel 8 lbs
Spacing: Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird.
Roost height: 2Ft -4FT
Life Span: Of the White Plymouth Rocks depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. A standard White Plymouth Rock will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, laying abilities will decrease each year.
Varieties: Barred--- Buff-- Silver-- Penciled--White--Partridge- Columbian--Blue
Other facts: The most popular Plymouth Rock variety is the Barred Plymouth Rock. Growers who like a leaner meat prefer raising White Plymouth Rocks for their broiler meat.
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