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We have 10 chickens a mixture of light and silver sussex.

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Comment by Donna on December 22, 2010 at 7:57

Mine were slow to start laying as well, took *forever* and yes we have had a number of them go broody - in fact two are broody at the moment and it is funny that poor Lavendar isn't allowed in the nesting box... her 'nest' is in the 'foyer' as the other chicken is obviously higher in the pecking order and is mean about sharing :)

In theory I'd love to be able to grow them for meat but am afraid that I (and hubby and sons) would not be able to do the deed... am still thinking about fish (perch) for the same reason!  We'd end up naming them or somthing silly!

Comment by Shirley on December 21, 2010 at 15:23
I have always had a soft soft spot for the sussex, although this lot were very slow to start laying and three have gone broody a couple of times despite being young birds. I prefer to stick with pure breeds, wouldn't consider getting any of the cross breeds even though they are supposed to be better layers. We have just layers as I have a son 23 who wouldn't entertain the fact of eating birds he has seen with feathers on lol, we have tried to convince him otherwise but to no avail:)
Comment by Donna on December 21, 2010 at 12:26

What made you decide on Sussex?  I have four - two light, one buff and a coronation.  I picked them because they were pure bred and had good laying rates over a longer period of their life - theoretically!  And they are good looking too of course :)

Are you planning on having both meat and egg producers, or just layers?


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