Great news for Calico Naked Neck fans - I've finally got a breeder pen set up!
I don't have my friend Deb's rooster yet. She lives about 2 hours away, and has a lovely Mille rooster (named Robin) that I was going to borrow. However, my neighbor had this rooster that was available:
Good things about him:
*Not located two hours away! LOL. (Raised from chicks I gave the neighbor next door.)
*Great size! His Dad was a Speckled Sussex / Buff Sussex cross, that was GINORMOUS.
Here's the daddy:
Sadly, the daddy roo broke his leg (you can see the odd angle here) and had to be put down. He jumped off a high perch and he was actually so massive his leg could not support him.
So this Turken guy is very big, very wide. Has a surprising amount of white, considering how little Mottling the dad showed.
The bad part about this rooster:
*Color is very dark, too similar to Sussex.
*Pink legs, like a Sussex.
I don't want these Aloha Naked Necks to look like Sussex Naked Necks. I want them to display "new" colors that you can't get in a flock of Sussex. Colors like red and white spotted, Mille, etc.
But, the spotty NN's of mine are a bit small - being as Alohas are small - so hopefully the best chicks will take on the unique colors from the Moms and the larger size from the Dad?
Anyway, the breeder pen was set up a couple days ago. I need to give it a few weeks, to make sure the other rooster's DNA clears out of there, and then the eggs will go on Ebay and I'll be able to see what kind of interest these spotty naked necks will have with the general chicken-loving public?
Later this month (or next) there will be a trip to Tucson to pick up Robin (the smaller NN rooster who has the exciting Mille color!) Then Robin will be put in there, for his turn with the ladies!
I will be hatching chicks from this pen in the meantime. I will keep some, but a lot will go to my next door neighbor, where I can still have access to any chicks that show good color.
Since most of these NN's only carry one copy of the gene, of course there will be "regular" Alohas in here too. I'm hoping the BIG rooster will help improve size and type in those babies. Can't wait to see!
Edited by alohachickens - 1/5/16 at 2:24pm