Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby tessg » Wed Jul 08, 2015 1:57 pm

I hatched some Speckled Sussex from eggs I brought from a lady near Morrinsville and while they've been slow to mature and difficult to sex they are finally coming along nicely BUT they are nearly 7 months old! Interestingly, they do "honk" and are quite distinctive in their honking compared to all my other chickens. I love these two that I have but I'm not sure I will breed them as I feel they are too slow in maturing and as I mentioned I've debated for nearly all of their 7 months whether they're pullets or cockerels. They have the size and tail of a cockerel but lack comb and wattles. Their feathering is also neither one or the other with some narrow and blunt rounded feathers. They are a nice mahogany colour with speckles etc and appear to be fairly correct but I'm not convinced they are going to be good doers when it comes to laying.
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby Marina » Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:55 pm

The original ones from Robert Bennet are said to be very good layers. Sewren has one - does she lay?
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Re: Speckled Sussex photos (warning photo heavy)

Postby sewren » Wed Jul 08, 2015 4:55 pm

Marina wrote:The original ones from Robert Bennet are said to be very good layers. Sewren has one - does she lay?


She's not laying at the moment but she laid well last year - she was hatched around Christmas 2013, and laid her first egg at the end of August last year so was about 8 months old when she started laying. She was giving me about 4 eggs a week for her first month of laying, then went up to about 5 eggs a week when the weather got warmer (definitely through October and December) but then I got a bit lapse with my records because we moved house, but I'm pretty sure she kept it up at about that rate for the rest of Summer and into Autumn.
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