I would love to have some of these however I currently have no room for another project however my great grandpa probably does have the room and he has been showing me articles and stuff about alohas for awhile now we live south of Phoenix, has anyone thought of using the smaller alohas to create a bantam version for those low on space? I might be getting some spangled russion orloffs soon would that work to breed with some aloha hens?
There is a "bantam" version already! It is a very rare Swedish breed called Olandsk Dwarf. They are exactly what I am trying to get my Alohas to look like, only I want my Alohas much bigger, LOL! Here is a recently ended auction for hatching eggs:
I heard the Olandsk can be tricky to get started, those eggs are expensive and like all shipped eggs, hatch rates are hit or miss. I have had anywhere from 0 to 6 chicks hatch from a dozen eggs sent to me. How far the eggs are shipped makes a big difference, my best hatch rate was on eggs shipped from California. That being said, I also tried to ship Aloha eggs to a person in Los Angeles and they had zero hatch! And I sent a LOT of eggs! So you never know what the Post Office is going to do with that box, LOL.
If you don't want to invest in pricey Olandsk eggs, since you are in town, I could try to see if I can pen up some of my smaller original Aloha hens. They are the most colorful hens. They aren't Bantam sized, but they are definitely smaller. Most people wanting to buy are looking for BIG chickens so I am trying to breed them up in size. Nobody who has come to the house to buy has requested Bantams. All buyers have shown a lot of interest in my biggest roosters, I get a lot of comments about people being very impressed with the "big boys" and it seems folks will pay more for large hens vs small hens.
So if you are looking for Batams with the Aloha look, check out the Olandsk and let me know if you get into them!
If you want some Alohas, I have plenty of gorgeous hens on the small-ish side. Some hens are so gorgeous, even if they are small, I have to keep them for the amazing color!!!