I took some photos of the three Cheeto sons that have lost their white. Here are the BABY PHOTOS:
The first had the MOST white as a youngster. Unfortunately, he was also the smallest. Keep in mind as you view these photos, all of these roos are the SAME AGE.
This is him today. He still has the most white - which is to say, NOT MUCH. Ha ha ha! Still the smallest, and the worst in body type. Looks like he'll be culled, which is why I wanted to document him before he goes.
Here are the other two. The one in the foreground clearly has the best Aloha body type. Stout, round, large comb.
Side view - FAULTS - Tail way too short, not nearly enough white!
But if crossed to Sussex/Aloha hens, with long tails and plenty of white, we may be able to fix these flaws in the next generation. He would bring yellow legs, redder color to both pure Sussex and to Aloha x Sussex crosses.
The other rooster is TALLER but not as "plump" looking:
Smaller comb. But look at the size of those yellow legs! I am wondering if he is just being slow to mature. So it looks like I may keep these two another month or so, to see if this second rooster, who offers lighter color and taller size, can grow into the type seen on his brother?
Or, do we just go with the brother? Because from a purely practical "farm sense" the stout rooster is the one that is most ready to eat today. Since the Aloha is supposed to be a dual purpose breed, an early maturing rooster is a good thing.
Oh, but if we're comparing them to Swedish, that's another story. The Swedish roosters were pretty slow to mature. My Swedish rooster finally "came of age" physically, but he still mentally does not act like a rooster should. And he's about 8 months old right now! He's not directing the females or "dancing" for them or anything. Or baiting them to come closer by discovering treats, ha ha. He's acting like a punk teenager at this point, so the smaller Aloha rooster is still dominant. The Swedish just charges after the hens with zero finesse. Anyway, it took FOREVER for him to stop looking so gangly and awkward, so on the flip side, having Alohas that are slower to mature would not make them any less practical than pure Swedish.
Here are current photos of my PURE Swedish rooster, who will be penned with small pure Aloha hens this fall. He's a total sweetie and lets me pick him up and cuddle him! Kind of clueless with the ladies, though. Ha ha! Isn't he pretty?
Swedish Roo that will be crossed with pure Aloha hens this fall
Edited by alohachickens - 6/29/12 at 9:01am