I bought three Welsummer pullets at a feed store and I have a question about their coloring. I've hatched and raised a handful of Welsummers in the past so I'm familiar with their coloring, but I have one now that looks different to me and I'm just wondering if the coloring and wing feather pattern are in the normal range for them or if this was somehow crossed with something? Although I don't know how that would happen with a hatchery chick. Or maybe she's not a Welsummer at all? Here are pictures of each of the the chicks. The chick in question is #1. The breast feathers that are coming in look like the lighter of her wing feathers with the same patterning.
Well, I'm admittedly no expert other than having 5 Welly hens and 2 roos and what is striking me as being 'different' is the vivid white stripe down their backs. They are very pretty though. I love the patterning on their wings. The breast feathers should be coming in either in solid caramel color or in the case of Roos, black.
One of my then 6 week old Welly pullets is in the background and one of the little cockerels is laying in the bedding behind the Wellsummer cockerel. Note the black breast feathers on him and the rich caramel color as I describe it on the little pullet.