- Mar 27, 2015
I recently decided I'm not going to let my Brahma chickens raise anymore chicks. It's just too darn hot for them here in Southern NM during the summer. I also decided to get some breeds of chicks I had really been wanting. I now have Naked Neck, Maran, Easter Eggers, and Red Production, along with my meat bird chicks. The Naked Neck, Red Production, and Meat birds are about 5 weeks old, and the Maran, and Easter Eggers are 4 weeks. I can tell the gender of everyone EXCEPT the Marans. I got 5 straight run chicks. They just don't look like they're feathering out very fast. They're also a bit smaller than the rest. On my Naked Necks I have definite 4 males, and 7 females. I'll pare if down to 1 male soon. My 3 Red Productions , and 5 Easter Eggers are all definitely female since they were sexed pullets. My Meat birds I can tell also which are which but not these 5 silly little Maran chicks. I think I have 2 female and 3 males which I'll pare down to 1 male as soon as I'm sure. Everyone is eating drinking and looking great. I'm just curious if I can start telling who is who, or if I should just toss everyone in my grow out pen where they can see the adults but be safe. Then sort them when I get ready to process the meat birds, and hold back extra males for later processing. These chicks are ready to get into a bigger area. My meat birds, and 2 of the Naked Neck males have been outside for a week already. So I would like to get them moved also and sorted so everyone is where they need to be to either grow up accustomed to the Brahmas being around, or for processing.