My Basque Hens from Skyline Poultry are 9 weeks old and truly beautiful, robust, and friendly. My yellow-legged pullet has not developed dermal melanin for willow legs and still appears to be developing towards the standard in body shape (type), general robustness, and appearance. My slate-legged pullet (with white skin and dermal melanin) is also robust and well-shaped. I plan to keep them both.
Of my four cockerels, I don’t believe any will be staying long-term, but I will begin to make plans to sell those furthest from standard first and keep the most marraduna-ish boys until later in the season as back-up. I am hoping to have a keeper-cockerel among the chicks I hatch next weekend from my friend’s flock – and a few more pullets, too!
There is also the elusive Brown Leghorn pullet. She is adorable, and I almost never see her or can catch a picture. She actively slips away and tries to hide among or away from the commotion of her hatch mates!