Light Sussex chickens
can't quite make up my mind whether I like our Light Sussex or
not. They're very different chickens from any we've had
Although they do roost
on the perches sometimes, it took them months to even consider getting
up off the ground. And they still seem to think it's just fine to
bed down out in the woods if it's a clear night.
They're friendly as can
be --- almost too friendly. When the other flock, led by the
Australorp rooster, came up into the garden, I chased them away with
much hollering and Lucy action, and after a repeat performance they
didn't come back. Trying to chase the Sussex out of the garden
didn't go nearly as well --- they weren't really afraid of me even when
I ran straight at them.
The Sussex do seem to be
pretty good foragers, though. As with our
problematic winter-layers, I'm taking a wait and see
approach --- this time next year, I should be better able to report on
how well Light Sussex, Black Australorps, and Cuckoo Marans match my
homesteading criteria. I'm also interested to see whether hybrids
that we raise in the spring will show hybrid vigor --- lots of fun
breeding experiments ahead!
Our chicken waterer keeps all of our chickens
healthy with copious clean water winter and summer.
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