As you’ve probably guessed by the name this is a speckled bird though many color variations are known. The speckled is the oldest color variation of the Sussex chicken. This chicken originated in Sussex County in southeastern UK sometime during the 19th century. A dual purposed bird raised for meat and egg laying. Meat has a desirable unique taste. A hen dresses out at about 7 pounds and the rooster at 8 or 9 pounds. Fresh eggs all year round, even in winter months when other hens may stop. Hens are broody and take in their young. Good setters. They lay around 250 eggs. Eggs are light brown and large. Recognized by the APA in 1914. Chickens are good pets because they are inexpensive. Cheap Cheap! They make great backyard friends and also will give you your own farm fresh eggs.