I would really like to try this. How would you guys recommend getting started? Cross with Aloha chickens? (Would these still retain good size, meat-wise?)
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Yeah, I had originally wanted to get my NNs from S&G, but that's WAY too many chicks for me to handle... If you weren't so far away I'd split an order with you.
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X2! There was someone on here who tried out the S&G NN, something else from them and happened to have one cockerel from hatchery stock. The SG NN grew much faster and bigger than the hatchery cockerel- there even was a picture showing the difference and it was truly impressive.
Been wanting some since then but like you guys, that is just too many....
That's a hard one to answer- there aren't really any meaty, fast growing mottled breeds. Mottled Java, Pintas might fit the bill but I am not familiar with these breeds.
as draye said, the Alohas still need work on the weights. If that doesn't scare you off then great. Think the goal is for bigger/dual purpose sized birds just that is still a work in progress.
From what source though? I've only seen very few SS, all hatchery stock.. to my eyes they were tall looking birds but also looked rather slender.. more of a layer type than truly dual purpose.
I got some silver sussex from non-hatchery and they were HUGE... far bigger and heavier than all the SS I've seen.. very tall but definitely nothing slender about them.
So if you want big n meaty, avoid hatchery just to be sure in case they are "layer bred" strains.
Oh always glad to help.. I understand better now, not wanting to do hatchery orders. Does your feedstore sell chicks from hatchery? I've asked one to do special order to come along their regular order and they were happy to do it. Other times like a couple months ago one happened to have turken chicks and I could not resist the temptation.... twice. Will see what sort of birds they grow into. The older group seem to be growing nicely. Anyways this was a nice way to avoid ordering direct from hatchery.
I too am trying to keep the meat on them but also good egg size and lay.. also like a little faster.