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.
- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Breed Temperament:
- Alert, feisty, curious
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
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.
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.
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!)
Cons: Alohas are small in size, "improved" strains do not breed true, good fliers also means they can be difficult to contain, and lay small to medium tinted eggs. You must breed a lot of them to pick out the best examples at this stage. 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. The rooster shown in this picture is the closest to the end goal so far, and contains NO SWEDISH FLOWER bloodline. His color shown is Crele or Golden Cuckoo type color, with Mottling, but all solid colors with mottling are welcome. 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, Pumpkin Mottled for example, are a strong focus.)
The future generations will contain some Swedish bloodlines, but efforts are being made not to introduce too much of any one "outside" breed. 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.