There is quite a bit of Soeckled Sussex in the Aliha. That was one of the first breeds she used in them for sine size.
The only drawback she had was white lega( she wants yellow. Then they were adding too much mahogany and she wanted bigger splotches of white.
She wanted something similiar to this:
The Swedish Flower Hen, without the crest. Which she did add a little but of that to the mix.
The last that I heard ( read) other than NN the last she added was a Cinnamon Sussex and a Dun Sussex which acts like a Buff Columbian color. They are dive kind of dilute. She said that they are also adding size to the babies.
I too am trying to figure out how to add size to all lines of my NN.
I've thought if the Mottled Java, but according to @alohachickens the black takes over and you lose the colorful red splotches and calico look.
This photo that Draye shared (from Feathersite) is EXACTLY what I have been breeding for in Alohas.
Supposedly, these hens are "Swedish Flower" but if you have seen the Swedish that were imported by Greenfire Farms, they don't look like these at all. Back in 2008-ish when I saw this photo for the first time, I didn't know that this was not the typical Swedish Flower. I have searched for more like this and there don't seem to be a lot out there. I search for the breed name in Swedish and that helps, even though the web pages will be in another language!
Here is a link to a web site in Sweden (I guess?) that has a Swedish Flower Hen that is the type that I'm trying to duplicate in Alohas:
You will notice a lot more white and no crest.
Here is another flock of Swedish, located overseas. There is a mostly white, ultra spotty hen in front. The other hens - that look primarily brown with very little white spotting - are more typical Swedish and look very much like what was imported by Greenfire Farms:
Silly me, I thought that the really flashy hens with tons of white spotting were what the breed looked like in general. Turns out the mostly-white variation appears to be rare in Swedish Flower Hens.
Here is one of my "new" girls who just started laying last month, you can seen how much she looks like some of these Swedish:
I would prefer even more white, but she is only 6 months old, and Mottled hens get more white with each molt, so she will probably look like what I'm going for when she is 2 - 3 years old.
The above hen is BIG and has overall *terffic* body type! She is a really good sized hen.
Here is a hen that had the right amount of white and the right body type at age 6 months:
That's a full size (large, private breeder stock) Speckled Sussex behind her. This hen is about the size of most hatchery Sussex. (Not as large as well breed Sussex, and not as big as good private bred heritage type stock. But she is the same size as a lot of poor quality Sussex hens I've ordered from popular hatcheries, so I can't call her "small" in any way.)
She has the perfect amount of white that I'm going for. About a 50/50 mix of white and color, distributed evenly over the entire body. LOVE her and saving her eggs right now! Sooo excited to see what hatches!
Edited by alohachickens - 10/17/15 at 8:07am