PHOTOS - Speaking of "Silver" and removing it - here are photos of the new boy who is now 5 months and (thankfully) is filling out. He looked horrible last month and I was very concerned.
OK, so quick reminder, here's Dad and possible Moms. Dad was Light (Dun) Sussex with some Aloha in the background, Moms were Aloha hens:
I liked Dad's build and form. He also had yellow legs when younger though they have faded out now. Fast growing - SUPER fast growing - was double the size of other roosters his age.
Wanted to dump the Silver color and also hopefully add spots. There was a chance that Dad carried Mottling but of course no way to tell looking at him. So it was possible zero chicks would show mottling. However, with Mottled hens in the mix, figured at least I'd know the chick would carry it. Most of the chicks were Silver like him. Got about 5 or 6 that were solid buff / brown with maybe a stray mottled tip here or there. And then I had five Mottled chicks. One hen got the "creeping crud" that has been going around here - she recovered when treated with anitbiotics but it did affect her size and because I'm also breeding for vigor, I culled her to a pet home as a layer. (Because the rest of the chicks actually shrugged it off easily with no treatment.)
So that left me with four Mottled birds and I also kept one Silver hen because I really liked her stout form. Photos of those are on the Blog but mostly it was about trying to get ONE GOOD ROOSTER out of this white guy.
Here are a ton more pics, he's already trying to jump the girls although technically he's not fully grown for at least another month. I'm hoping I can hatch a few peeps out of him in June if I pen him with some ladies in May. Depends on if the girls will accept a teenage boy or not? I will give him a few girls in a small pen and see what happens.
Size: He is not as tall as the Swedish Flower mix boys, who are very leggy and have a lot of height, but he is super wide and carries a lot of breast meat on him.
My hope is the combo of the two lines will result in tall boys who have a bit more weight and are earlier to mature than the Swedish, who tend to grow a tall frame first, and then fill out the frame in 9-12 months. Swedish boys do get big eventually, but they seem to fill out very slowly.
This guy by comparison appears full grown even though he is just days shy of 5 months in these photos.
Here is the BLOG POST with photos of his siblings: