3 month old Welsummer

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Nmarine1057, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Nmarine1057

    Nmarine1057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys just wondering if it is normal for a 3 month old welsummer rooster to have a little white on his tail feathers?
     
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  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    White is not okay as I understand it. Gray fluff at the base of the tail is allowed, but many are trying to breed it out.

    Do you have a picture?
     
  3. Nmarine1057

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    Here are a couple of pics. I'm hoping this color will go away when he gets older.

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  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh wow, I've never seen a boy with white all the way up his tail feathers. I don't know if that will go away or not.
     
  5. EweSheep

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    No, it will NOT go away. Cull him to the Olive Egger flock or stew pot. It is genetic and it will get worse as he gets older.
     
  6. Nmarine1057

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    lol, I called the guy i bought him from and he said that they all have white under their main feathers and they will grow over....the dad of this bird was beautiful and he said he would end up looking like him. I even told him i was planing on mating him. So you guys are saying he's not a good breeding bird?
     
  7. EweSheep

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    Well, the white fluff would not be too much of a problem but it can be weeded out by selective breedings however if you have WHITE anywhere on the feathers, you don't need to breed him for more Wellies. He would be OK for other breeds if you want to cross breed.

    White feathers are a problem with Welsummers but alot of breeders cull those out totally from the breed because it is NOT a Welsummer trait to have white feathers anywhere in the body.
     
  8. EweSheep

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    PM this guy's name.....he is a bit young but I like his comb! His neck feathers have too much black in them.

    The other pictures showed grey pattern, not sure if it is the flash or the green sheen it shined off the feathers or is it actually grey in color on the feathers.

    The fluffy grey softer part not a problem if that is the color which it is correct.
     
  9. Nmarine1057

    Nmarine1057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the information, where I can find a full grown welsummer that is breed worthy
     
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Come on down to the Welsummer thread in the Breed section. I am sure someone close by might have one for you!
     

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