The babies are 2 weeks old today, and were low on space, so since it was a weighing day anyway, I expanded their coop at the same time. Side note - cardboard panels for brooders are BRILLIANT - because I can expand easily (I have a cardboard and plastic set on hand, and combined them for more space), and because I can block off part with the chicks in it, I can just take the end of the other part down to clean it out - super easy. I did the weighing - 4 escaped into the other "finished weighing" half of the brooder while I was sorting/weighing (all New Hampshires), so they missed their weights this morning (I'll try to get them when they're sleepy tonight if I can pick them out from the others).
Anyway, I have one Naked Neck boy (NN phenotype, clearly male to my eye) who is a TANK! He is 6.5 oz (0.4 lbs) at 2 weeks old! It was like lifting a brick, I swear, and he almost beat his way out of my hands... He's almost twice the size of the littlest ones, and a full ounce heavier than the second largest chick (another Nn male). My question is - he's starting to turn red in the face - I saw a red spot by his ear last night, but thought it was a boo-boo. Now it's his whole face. I just wanted to double check if this is normal/expected in Naked Necks, vs. some sort of lesion/rash. (The next largest one is just starting to have this as well, barely.)
If I keep him, which I very well may with his size and NN status, his name will be... Tank (or maybe Brick).
- Ant Farm
LOL! I remember how very freaked out I was when my NN checks started showing the red around their ears. I was convinced I had done something terribly wrong to make them unhealthy and would lose the whole flock. I guess that's one of the most obvious reality checks with this breed....you see everything, whereas fully feathered breeds hide everything. I think I've learned more about chickens from this breed than from all of my other birds combines. And as you've thankfully already been told, it is completely normal. Looks like a lovely little chick there! I think you should name him "Tiny".