OK, it's weighing day. And that means... DATA! I had a little issue with the scale (the chicks kept jumping up and down on it and pulling a the towel I used for them to stand on), but I think I got repeat weights on anyone who was affected. The "partridge" looking Naked Neck looks a lot like a pullet to me (and I feel confident on gender for all the rest of the NN except the rose combed one), but her weights fall within the male zone. I marked her as "unsure" (green) on the chart for now, but if she's a she, she'll be a nice big one. For the New Hampshires, I am not sure I can reliably tell gender yet, and some of the males are the smallest ones anyway, so I didn't do a gender chart for them. Scale for both NN and NH charts are the same - the NNs continue to outgrow the NHs, though they are becoming more friendly. I suspect I would have liked them more if I were not comparing them to NNs in the same batch (but such is the way of things)
It seems that the big growth spurt was from week 3 to 4, most are beginning to slow down. (No idea if it's part of the natural way of things, or if something else related to their environment is affecting them, of course.) Of note, it's gotten quite warm again (high of 98F yesterday). They have shade and all seem to be handling it well and are still eating and drinking, but I suppose that could have affected the growth curve. For what it's worth, the New Hampshires are having no issue at all with the heat - I'll continue to watch this, but that is important information to know. I sat and observed them for a while this morning, and all seem to be doing well. The abnormal NH is still growing, but the curve is dropping further - I may find that she drops off the curve next weighing. Her body feels angular to me. I'm not going to cull her yet, but am watching. (Photo of her cuddling with one of the friendly NN cockerels below).
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