I started with a small hatch in December, of about 30 chicks. Only 3 hens and zero roosters made it to the final breeding coop. Hens were colorful, but overall too small in size.
Next hatch, in January, was larger with great results. After that, I followed with raising a huge group of 75 chicks in February, and 82 chicks in March. April also had some good hatches, that were shuffled to a couple of new breeders in-state.
I've culled down now to the best 16 out of the 75 from February, and the 82 chicks in March are now down to 40, and will cull at least half of those later, as they mature. And note - when I say "cull" I just mean those are the ones that don't make the cut to the breeding coop, and are sold to local chicken keepers to be used as back yard pets.
Here are some pics of the January chicks, the "final cut" that are nearing point-of-lay and were recently integrated successfully into the barn with the adult flock:
Aloha Naked Neck pair - two sisters from same hatch - very similar. One's slightly darker.
And last but not least, this Buff Mottled hen, who is very lovely for her unique gold and white spotted plumage:
I am also keeping two of their brothers to see how they grow out. So far, so good, but they still have a full month (at least) of filling out before they are mature.
|This guy is the #1 pick, slightly larger.|
ALOHA CHICKEN BREED STANDARD: Link to a Google doc, with lots of pics and info for potential breeders. Cut and paste into a new tab and enjoy!