I had considered using the Hogan method to determine production but I've honestly got so many girls giving me eggs all year round that I haven't really worried about it. I'm pretty good at knowing which hen laid which egg simply because I've spent so much time tracking egg production, so daily egg counts combined with examination of beak and leg coloring frequently tells me all I need to know. For meat I simply weigh and handle my birds on a regular basis and chart their growth progress from hatch until roughly 24 weeks. I'm slowly learning to recognize which traits are indicative of better meat production that way.
Sweet. I haven't had enough eggs in the winter though. I may start weighing more often. Usually when butchering a group out I've already picked the keepers only by size and shape. I think my problem with eggs was my starting Orpington's being bred for show not eggs. I'm too far into project to let loose and start something new as I think or hope they are getting better. The reason I got the Orpington's was for winter eggs. Not so much. I've also hatched some Altsteirer for NYHal and was hoping they would do well.
As for the naked necks my feed store will be getting NN from MM at Easter. They also have Dark Cornish there as well. Is there any need/advantage to crossing them.
They will be the same age as my project birds. I was thinking of raising them together however they will have been been given shot for Mareks and mine will not. Problems with mixing the two hatches?