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Aloha Chickens

Average User Rating:
4.75/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    Heat
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Small
    Egg Color:
    Tinted
    Breed Temperament:
    Alert, feisty, curious
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Mottled
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Aloha Chickens are a project bird being bred primarily in Arizona and more recently the Midwest. This is a mixed strain, in progress, and not an actual finished breed yet. However, there is a unique bloodline to Aloha Chickens that came from some Mexican game-type Mottled stock discovered in the southern area of Phoenix, AZ.

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    This unique line is not found in any other existing commercial breed. The original Foundation Aloha strain of small gamey spotted chickens bred 100% true to type and color. They were/are small, colorful, and tough as nails. As efforts have been made to improve body type, by introducing new larger breeds, they now do not breed true like the smaller original type did. The goal is to keep the striking color and tough disease resistance of the small chickens while adding size and Heritage body type.

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    These colorful Mexican chickens that founded the Aloha line were good fliers, great layers, and extremely durable. Roos were culled against any sign of aggression very early on, and now Aloha roos are very mild mannered. Multiple Aloha roos can be housed in the same coop with each other with no fighting at all. The smaller foundation type Aloha roosters are often "pals" when raised together.

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    Pros: Alohas are tough, hearty, heat tolerant, curious, very smart, robust, predator savvy, good fliers, and reliable layers, and come in a rainbow of mottled colors. (More colors than seen in a Swedish Flower.) If I were to compare the original Alohas to an existing breed, they are most like Icelandic Chickens in body size and type, and temperament. However, they are not related to Icelandics at all. (Although many older type Alohas look just like Icelandics!)

    Improved strains have been mixed with Heritage breeds such as Buff Sussex, New Hampshire Red, Speckled Sussex, and even Turken. As a result Alohas are now bigger and more uniform than they were even a few years ago as they move further away from the small, more gamey Mexican stock they started from.

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    Cons: Aloha can run small in size, with the smallest ones about the same size as a Leghorn. Larger, "improved" strains do not breed true if they are mixed heavily with other breeds. Good fliers also means they can be difficult to contain. Alohas lay medium tinted eggs, not the "extra large" or "jumbo" size eggs. You must breed a lot of them to pick out the best examples at this stage, as amount of spotting is different from one bird to another. Most will show spots but the quality of the pattern varies wildly.

    Currently, Alohas are being crossed with other larger Heritage type breeds to improve the size of both the chickens and their eggs. It is very much a breed in progress. Strongest emphasis will be on golden and red colors with mottling, however, because the reddish mottled colors are rarely seen. (Buff Mottled, Mille Fleur, Red Mottled, for example, are a strong focus, because these colors are less common on large fowl

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    The future generations will contain some trace of Swedish bloodlines, but efforts are being made not to introduce too much of any one "outside" breed and to make a new breed that is uniquely American in origin.

    The goal is to create something very much like a Speckled Sussex with yellow legs and a greater variety of color, that shows colors NOT seen in any other breed. Basically, an American Swedish Flower type of chicken, without a crest.

    When finished, it is hoped that this strain will be faster to mature than Swedish and come in even more colors. Early efforts look promising but there is still a lot of work to be done.

    If you like Speckled Sussex, Exchechquer Leghorns, Mille Leghorns, Anconas, or Swedish Flower Hens, you would probably enjoy these.

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    Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose


    Comb: Single

    Broodiness: Average

    Climate Tolerance: Heat


    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: High


    Egg Size: Small

    Egg Color: Tinted


    Breed Temperament:
    Feisty, excellent flyers, intelligent, alert, curious


    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Mottled



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Recent User Reviews

  1. k2panman
    5/5,
    "Great information on this new breed"
    Pros - Pretty, predator wariness, good flying ability
    Cons - good flying ability may make them undesirable for some
    These chickens should be here in Hawai'i!
    Hoping that this breed retains it's predator wariness and flying ability. Then it would be a good choice for free range chickens. Hope to see them here soon. They are very pretty too!
  2. meusoc
    5/5,
    "want it"
    Pros - want it
    Cons - none just want it
    want it now
    Overall:
    5
    BlackHackle likes this.
  3. Deerfield Acres
    5/5,
    "Work in Progress"
    Pros - Beautiful birds, sweet, yet savvy for free range
    Cons - working out the kinks on type
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    The Aloha is the American answer to the Swedish Flower. Think Hawaiian flowered shirts. [​IMG] It's a very hardy bird that can take the heat in summer and cold in winter. Some will brood and raise chicks. Their personalities are generally very friendly and curious. Ours don't hesitate to "chat" with us and always want to see what we're up to. The eggs are currently in the medium to large size range but we are working to bring egg size up. The Aloha hens are, in my opinion, more beautiful and will someday soon be more uniform in color than the Swedish Flower. I am working on breeding consistently ginger colored birds with white spangles that are more uniform than the Swedish and offer rounder, fuller breasts for a better dual purpose bird. The Aloha is currently about the same size as a Red Star but should be bringing the size up over the next year. This is a project bird and not yet recognized as a standard breed.
    Overall:
    5
    BlackHackle likes this.

User Comments

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  1. Faverolle Lover
    What exactly are they? Are they just a breed that you bred to be extremely colorful? Why are they called "Aloha"? They seem like amazing birds.
    1. alohachickens
      These were started as an American version of "Swedish Flower Hens" but many years ago, BEFORE they were imported to the U.S. However, these were not from Sweden, but a mutt mix of American breeds. What I really wanted to do was pretty up a practical farm chicken. Kind of like if you could take your boring layers and dress them in wild Hawaiian "Aloha Shirts". I called them Alohas after our 50th and most colorful state.
      alohachickens, Jan 20, 2018
      k2panman likes this.
  2. Garjzla
    Reviews are technically not for saying that you want something. Usually it's just explaining how this item is good or bad, and people then read the reviews so they know if they want to actually get the item or not.

    If you want to find out how to get some Alohas, then you could go onto a thread (or start one), or just ask around. But I don't really think you're supposed to be making a review for a bird you don't have.
      k2panman likes this.
  3. meusoc
    where can I get ALOHAS
  4. Bigwig
    Where did you purchase yours?
  5. Deerfield Acres
  6. hellbender
    I wouldn't have even noticed this new breed if a friend of mine didn't begin a Naked Neck project with them. Very colorful and beautiful birds. One thing to consider, the NNs are known for their fuller meaty breasts, making them a choice for Label Rouge program in France for producing superb meat qualities.
  7. cicknmama
    Beautiful bird!!
  8. MrsFitzDarcy
    Where can I find Alohas in Tucson, AZ area? I would like to explore heat resistance (and pretty) egg-laying breeds?
  9. DuckRaiser
    Until you gain 100 pounds :p
  10. HS Pye
    Hmm... I think I want some of these. Chickens sure are like potato chips, you can never have to many :p.

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