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Hello to All:

Brand new to BYC, but have visited the site/forums for months now and find this to be a great community.

To kick off, wanted to make a quick post about our experience with our handsome Welsummer Roo. He's quite the character - very gentle and good with the girls. He's just turning 15 weeks and there is no longer any doubt of his gender. We started to be able to tell very distinctly at about 9-10 weeks that he was our boy (which we wanted).

I'll post some pictures, but the tell-tale sign for us at 9-10 weeks was his head. He began to get light brown, fuzzy feathers on his head whereas the hens feathers were darker and more sleek. He was also bigger than the girls and his feet were more yellow than the hens. Lastly, his comb started to develop earlier than the girls.

I only post this because there didn't seem to be a lot of definitive information - anywhere - on distinct differences in gender for Welsummers. We got our chicks from Meyer and they were great to deal with throughout the process.

Glad to be here - hope this helps somebody.
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Thanks for the post. I'm sure it will be useful to new Welsummer owners. It would be great if you can get some pics posted.

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:welcome

 

I can give you a tip for sexing Welsummers if there's a next time. Some folks go by the eyeliner marking and head markings, I'm not confident enough with this breed to do that. But, once they start growing their feathers around 4-6 weeks, sexing can be done by color of breast feathers. Males have black breasts, females have reddish/salmon/brown.

 

I'm glad you're happy with your boy!

Rachel BB

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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Thanks for the replies - what a gracious community. I need to post some pics for reference to what I'm talking about. The breast feathers didn't really start to be distinctive until 10 weeks or so, which is partly what was causing concern (we really wanted a Roo for chicks). His upper feathers definitely were all a lighter brown than the girls, so he may have been an anomaly. But he's such a cool bird - not mean at all, and learning how to crow. He's also a looker - I'll post some pics for everybody to see.....
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Thanks for the replies - what a gracious community. I need to post some pics for reference to what I'm talking about. The breast feathers didn't really start to be distinctive until 10 weeks or so, which is partly what was causing concern (we really wanted a Roo for chicks). His upper feathers definitely were all a lighter brown than the girls, so he may have been an anomaly. But he's such a cool bird - not mean at all, and learning how to crow. He's also a looker - I'll post some pics for everybody to see.....


You're welcome. I'll look forward to seeing your pics. :o)

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I would like to see your reference photos

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Thanks for the post. I'm sure it will be useful to new Welsummer owners. It would be great if you can get some pics posted.

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