My pullets: 7 Welsummers & 10 Black Marans are approaching 4 months in age. They thrive, along with the wonderful tiny bantams that share their World.
I need to figure out some way of "marking" the young "big hens" during daylight hours. I HAVE to cull some of these 17 pullets, but trying to "mark" any when they're on the roost at night is nearly impossible. I hope I can select the best of the pullets for type. Hard to evaluate via flashlight with sleeping chickens?
I can trap them inside the coop, but prefer NOT to cause total pandemonium/chaos. They feel secure in their coop, so I hesitate to "go at them with a net", scaring the Bejeebers out of the entire flock. Marking all-black chickens is especially hard?
Any ideas for "tagging" during daylight hours ? Call me Stumped.