@alohachickens - This is WONDERFUL - thank you so much for sharing your extensive knowledge on this. VERY helpful. I got 10 New Hampshire Reds along with my Naked Necks from Ideal with the idea to cross them to increase size, but the Naked Necks are noticeably bigger than the NHs all on their own (with the hatchery strain), so I'm not keeping any of the NHs - they're all going to the freezer. (Though I reserve the right to hold on to a pullet or two if they look good and I have room.)
Chicken Math attack - I just got 5 Speckled Sussex chicks from the local feed store (they were there, they were cute, no Post Office drama), with the hope that they can at least be bigger than the NHs and be pretty in the process. I figure I'll keep good looking pullets to have in my Naked Neck flock with my big NN roosters.
(MORE chicks in the brooder! I must be out of my mind!!!!! )
- Ant Farm
Does anyone have the German strain of NHR's? Those are FANTASTIC. Get some if you can. But, I've been looking for some myself, and I can't seem to find them right now? I've been a bit concerned. Used to see several breeders of German New Hampshires but no active auctions listed on BYC since 2013 and Google isn't coming up with any breeders. :(