I am a sucker for heritage heavy breeds (I have an australorp, & buff & light Sussex), so would love to get more big girls but can't get sexed chicks here is Perth (Australia). I know a good breeder who may let me try & sex some so my first question is which heavy breeds (he has pretty much all) can be sexed as day olds. I have read that barred rocks can be sexed, but any more?
My alternative and possibly crazy plan is to give her day old Keats instead. There are some available nearby and I think she'd raise them fine. I have always wanted Guinea fowl, although I know nothing at all about them except they can be quite naughty!! This would remove the problem of sexing I guess, as my plan would be to start a Guinea flock that would turn semi-wild & live in the bush around our property. Is this feasible, and if so how many should I get? How long would they stay in my small coop (do I need to build a bigger one), or would they move off to the trees as soon as they are big enough? Will the other chickens be ok (I kept my broody with the flock from the start and there were never any issues with Frankie)? So many questions ....
Thanks in advance for answering my questions. I have a couple of weeks to make a decision, as prof has only been sitting in the nest for 2 days so I want to give her time before 'hatching'.