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* Wanted to Buy - Buff and Speckled Sussex Hens *

PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:35 pm
by jasper39
Hello Everyone

It has been a while since i have been on the forum - but drop by often to read posts when i need advice.

I have two lovely girls at the moment - a beautiful Rhode island Red and a gorgeous Light Sussex. I am wanting another two birds to complete my little backyard flock, but have had no luck in finding anything locally. I have my heart set on a Buff and Speckled Sussex. I am in Gisborne but happy to travel to Hawkes Bay or the Bay of Plenty.

I have looked on the Rare Breeds website but again have had no luck. So i do hope that someone here on the forum can perhaps help.

I am ideally looking for hens about a year old or point of lay pullets. Any suggestions on where i might have luck in finding suitable birds would be much appreciated :)

Many Thanks Jasper39.

Re: * Wanted to Buy - Buff and Speckled Sussex Hens *

PostPosted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:05 am
by Marina
Hi Jasper,

Both Buff and Speckled Sussex are quite rare. I only know one breeder of Buff Sussex and she is in Canterbury.

Speckled Sussex have only recently been introduced and a few of the egg farmers do have them now.

However, at this time of year very few people have surplus hens and pullets so maybe a bit closer to Christmas you are able to find something.

If one of your hens goes broody you could try to get some fertile eggs for her.

Re: * Wanted to Buy - Buff and Speckled Sussex Hens *

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:42 pm
by jasper39
Hi Marina

Many thanks for taking the time to reply to my post - i hope that you and all your feathered friends are keeping well :)

I appreciate your advice - and yes it appears that i am almost looking for an endangered species! My chicken journey began with beautiful brown shavers four years ago, but sadly all have now passed away and it was a very difficult and sad time for myself and my children - all of them passed with egg related issues and i vowed not to have shavers again - which in itself is sad because they were the most friendly birds with great personalities and i miss them all dearly.

So i decided to get heritage birds - but i found that a bit of a challenge as i struggled to find anything locally - but my efforts paid off and i found my two lovely girls. The people i got them from do not have any birds available - although neither had the buff or speckled sussex when i got my girls.

I only discovered that there were buff and speckled sussex whilst looking online, to find two more birds to complete my little backyard group. I love my RIR and my Light Sussex both are friendly and good natured - and i have always had a love of the honey coloured birds like my shavers were - so i thought the buff would be ideal. The speckled looked like my RIR but with beautiful white cherry blossom markings.

I have found a lady in Hawkes Bay who has Wyandottes and i may consider them if my search begins to prove fruitless for the sussex. Do you have any experience with the Wyandotte breed? I have considered Opringtons particularly again the beautiful buff coloured ones.

Sadly due to lack of time and having two cats i have never considered the egg option - my cats are used to hens now and i need large girls who will not feel scared around them. My cats are great with the birds - they seem fascinated with them particularly watching them have a dust bath - and they are great at feeding time for keeping the sparrows away!

Anyway i am starting to ramble - i do hope that i am able to get the sussex birds and will indeed take your advice and keep an eye open around Christmas time.

Kind regards

Re: * Wanted to Buy - Buff and Speckled Sussex Hens *

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:30 pm
by wolga
There is a breeder who’s selling fertile eggs. That might be a good idea to get the birds you want a bit quicker. ... 896760.htm

Re: * Wanted to Buy - Buff and Speckled Sussex Hens *

PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:40 pm
by nhb
I have buff Sussex eggs hatching out today