That's so interesting. I have girls (both NN and Nn) with two body types - meaty and dainty. I was always going to keep all of them, for flock balance reasons, and selectively breed in pairs or trios for my meat goals, but it will be interesting to see how my little girls do in laying. When I have more pullets, I may selectively put some of the smaller NN girls in with the CLs for some crosses, since I have such a great lead CL cockerel. (I gave out livers to them from the cull today, and the CL girls went to town crowding the pan and he just stood there. I took some to feed to him directly, and he just took it and put it on the ground, and tid-bitted until one of the girls came to eat it. Didn't take a single bite himself. Good boy.)
Gosh, mine were really obvious really early. Guess I was lucky... (But I have a few attack pullets who think my shoes are THE ENEMY, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.)
- Ant Farm
Yea, I can usually tell the sex of mine by three weeks. I'd say I'm about 90% right most if the time. There are always those that are a little skier than the others. Until last Thursday I had one except for the thick legs I'd of sworn was a pullet. A slow developer but really a big boy 1/2 Jersey Giant. Wound up being the one that had leg feathering. This was how I figured out someone had bred Marans into the NN. They came from an auction in 2014.
Edited by draye - 12/22/15 at 12:04pm