Back in 2012 my brother ordered Naked Necks from Cackle Hatchery.
He received the 15 pullets he ordered and 5 cockerels that were also ordered.
When he decided to sell out if his chickens I took over the Naked Necks.
What I got from him were 3 cockerels and 5 pullets.
The cockerels were all almost the same color but as they matured started looking a little different in their coloring.
This is the cockerel/rooster that I decided to keep for breeding.
He was a Salmon color at maturity. I found out later that he was a carrier for tge mottling gene.
The hens were all the same color a partridge color, see a picture of a Partridge Rock hen, but there was this one hen that had blotches of white on her. I figured okay since hatcheries doesn't breed for specific color Naked Necks that she would molt the white out. She didn't, after the molt the spots turn into pretty shaped mottling. Here she is.
When I acquired these I has not thought of doing so to breed toward the mottling calico color/pattern.
When bred together this pair produced a nice dark calico colored offspring. I only kept one of them because they didn't show this as baby chicks. I lost this one right before she/he was 10 months old. It never crowed and never laid an egg so ?. When this appeared I then decided that I wanted to create a calico Naked Neck.
I never got to breed the pair together again, but had sold some of the offspring that were bred together and I got back some of this line with this rooster:
Picture doesn't show much other than the mottling calico color on his wings. He has since developed more if the mottling on his breast area. He is about a year maybe a little older now.
I did get in one mating this year between him and the above pictures hen.
Hatched out 5 chicks from them. Just my luck though looks like 3 cockerels and 2 pullets. That is so far that's what they look like.
Here is a picture of them they are 3 weeks and 2 days old:
2 of the five are showing ( since I've figured out what to look for) the signs of mottling.
Back in the spring I acquired hatching eggs from @alohachickens from her Aloha Chicken Project. I sold off several chicks and decided to keep 12 chicks and picked out what looked like 10 pullets and 2 cockerels. Well as my luck goes after losing two ( to unknown reason) I actually saved 7 cockerels and three pullets. I only kept one of the cockerels ( lost the other two I had wanted to keep to a predator attack) and the three hens
One of them turned out not to show any mottling but a bright orangey red color.
Here's the rooster:
He's a Spangled but I think wit the proper breeding it will create mottling.
What I have in the hen department from the Alohas are:
This one is not Naked Neck either but looks somewhat like a Speckled Sussex but with a light orangey buff instead of red with the speckles.
This is the only Calico colored Naked Neck I've ended up with. I don't have picture of the Orangey red hen but she is also Naked Necked.
This is what I have at the moment to work with on this project.
I'm not sure if I can get the mottled partridge turned into a more of a calico look or not.
My next step will be to mate the Spangled Aloha rooster with the 3 pullets from the Alohas and the Mottled Partridge hen fir an early 2016 hatch, most likely the New Years Hatch.
I'm going to have to figure something out to outcross to to spread out the briefings, I'm not a fan of too much inbreeding.
I've got a few chicks hatched the same time as the ones posted above that are developing a partridge coloring that I may try mixing into the bunch. There is none if the blood from the current group I'm working with and may try getting a few more eggs from Alohachickens. Thoughts are turning to maybe some Mottled Java blood maybe. And I really need more of the buff Columbian color also so will most likely search for more of the Naked Necks with that coloring which is one if the classic colors of Naked Necks from hatcheries.
I do have more lines here but don't know if the colors will ever get me to the look I'm looking for.
Welcome to any thoughts suggestions you may have.
Your also welcome to post pictures if you have any Naked Necks that are mottled or Calico or Aloha. Also any chickens that you think might would help this project out.
Edited by draye - 10/10/15 at 10:17am