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Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sleepinghorse » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:35 pm

I have just realised that I don't have many good photos of my Speckled Sussex chicks but at least I have something to show you.

Speckled Sussex at 1 day old
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Speckled Sussex at 1 week
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Speckled Sussex at 2 weeks
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Speckled Sussex at 1 month
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Speckled Sussex at 2 months
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Speckled Sussex Alistair at 4 months
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Speckled Sussex Alice at 4 months
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Speckled Sussex Anne and Agnes at 4 months
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It will be interesting to see if they become more speckled following their first full moult. I haven't included a photo of Athol since he is leaving us soon due to his crooked feet and being too unsteady as he walks.
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sewren » Mon Apr 06, 2015 6:41 pm

Oooh, funny you should post these, I was taking photos of my speckled sussex girl Dottie yesterday to send to ChickyMum (who hatched her). She is just coming through her first moult and looking pretty good I think! I'll try and find a photo from before she moulted as a comparison but she was definitely more speckled than your girls before the moult. Always interesting to see other birds from the same breed to compare :)

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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sleepinghorse » Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:13 pm

She is beautiful. I'm thinking my ones were not such a good example of the breed. The photos of the ones on Trademe where I bought the eggs from were very speckled like yours. I paid lot of money for the 6 eggs and I am hoping that they will speckle up more. :?:
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sewren » Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:04 pm

As far as I have read they do get more speckled with time, so hopefully yours will speckle up more. But I think when it is still relatively early days with developing the breed then there will be a lot of variation in what you get. Bit sneaky of them to put really speckled ones in the trademe pics, rather than a good representation of the variation.

I meant to say before, it's really nice to see a good series of photos of them feathering up too - I find it pretty interesting but always forget to take enough of my own chicks!
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby seatil » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:20 am

Since we're sharing pictures of our Speckled Sussex, here's a boy I had (please ignore the intruder frizzle!):

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Unfortunately he succumbed to Marek's disease shortly after this picture was taken - which was a real bugger as I had Plans for him.
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby seatil » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:22 am

sewren wrote:Oooh, funny you should post these, I was taking photos of my speckled sussex girl Dottie


She's an absolute stunner! I have speckled sussex girl envy (my remaining girl is decidedly lucklustre).
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sewren » Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:48 am

seatil wrote:
sewren wrote:Oooh, funny you should post these, I was taking photos of my speckled sussex girl Dottie


She's an absolute stunner! I have speckled sussex girl envy (my remaining girl is decidedly lucklustre).

Well, all the credit goes to ChickyMum - she's the one that got the eggs, hatched them and raised them, I'm just the lucky person who ended up with her when ChickyMum sold up! She does get a lot of comments from guests on how pretty she is though :)
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby Marina » Tue Apr 07, 2015 11:18 am

Lovely pictures -great series, sleepinghorse. I think Alistair and Alice both look pretty good to me in regard to their speckling.

Chickymum got her eggs from one of the original breeders in Ashburton so I'm not surprised the pullet she raised is a stunner. There were quite a few people who bought eggs off Robert B and they often put all the chicks they hatch into a breeding pen to get as many fertile eggs as possible to sell on and cash in on the novelty.

Sleepinghorse - if you breed from Alistair and Alice you should get some well marked offspring. Anne and Agnes - one of them hardly has any speckles and I wouldn't use her. The other one has a good chance to produce something reasonable.

As Sewren has already mentioned - if you get into something that's new you need to do a bit of work yourself. Patterened birds are much more dificult to get right than solid coloured birds and there will always be a variation.
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sleepinghorse » Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:33 pm

Thank you so much for your comments. I think If the one without the speckles doesn't speckle up more, I will sell her when she starts to lay for someone who wants eggs. I will note that she wouldnt be a good example for breeding. Very interesting isn't it. Exciting to see what I can do with this little family.
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sleepinghorse » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:26 am

I have a question for other speckled sussex owners. Do your chickens honk like geese? Silly question I know, but mine honk. :oops:
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby seatil » Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:34 am

Can't say I've ever heard them honk. :)
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sewren » Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:45 am

Not heard a honk yet! How strange that yours do - sounds like they're having an identity crisis!!
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby eae » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:30 am

I don't have any sussex, but our 13w old RIRs have quite a honking type sound to them. I never expected that different breeds would have different voices, but now with having 6 different breeds, I can pretty much tell them apart by their sounds. The RIRs are quite startling as they are still small, but dang they can honk loudly when they want to.. almost as loud and strong as our *gigantic* barred rocks.
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby ChickyMum » Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:40 am

I'm pleased to see how Dottie has come through her moult Sewren, she is beautiful.
While I did get some eggs from Robert, Dottie was hatched from an egg I got from a Nth Island breeder.
I do love the Sussex breed :D
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sewren » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:21 am

ChickyMum wrote:I do love the Sussex breed :D

I bet you're already planning your Sussex-flock for when you get home! ;)
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