I'm at three months with my new chicken flock.
I bought several candy corn Polish chicken eggs off ebay. Out of those hatchlings two are beautiful polish with (used to have) nice puffs. Two others that hatched are large, darker colored and looks more like "normal" chichkens, pretty sure they are a polish mix. They are larger and fatter. I suspect they are both are hens, unfortunately.
Unfortunately because both of them are highly suspected of pecking the head puffs off of my two prized polish. There is one polish who is just perfect and he is recently getting head plucked which is rather upsetting. They can't free range unless I want them to be fox bait. They are in a large 14x6' run.
I will probably have to cull these birds, this is my first culling. They are nice birds my wife really likes the darker one. . I have silkies and Im positive it's not them. The silkies go unpunished with their feathers. None seem to be plucked, just my polish. I have to cull a drake pekin too soon as I can't have too many drakes, only have 4 girl ducks.
I guess I just want some positive stories and attitudes about culling. I'm sure everyone went through that frusteration of killing a nice chicken or duck you raised and had to cull. Also entertaining alternatives to a cull although I'm almost positive this is what has to happen.
Thank you for the support!