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6 week Welsummer

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sstewart, Jun 7, 2016.

  1. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would love some help with this chick's gender. At first I thought Roo....but now the pink has chilled out and not gone red. Thanks[​IMG]
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  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    cockerel. If it has that much comb at that age, it's a rooster
     
  3. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's why I am posting. Some breeds can turn early. I know that Buff Orphingtons can turn early....so I am hoping someone can look at the patterning of the feathers/shape, etc. Unless this is a bird where the comb IS the indicator.
    Thanks for more input.
     
  4. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It also has the coloring of a male.
     
  5. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rats....anyone need a Welsummer roo?
    So I can learn more, what is going on with the coloring?
     
  6. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We ended up with 2 pullets and a roo.

    From the day they came out of the box, the roo had some differences, but not absolutely 100% sure until 3 weeks.

    Here they are at 3 DAYS old. The 2 pullets have the dark face mask around the eyes and a more pointed V. The cockerel is the middle chick.
    Now, this in itself, I've been told, is not definitive. Some chicks that look like this could still be pullets.
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    BUT then came the day where those dark red/black chest feather sprouted. The girls stayed salmon- one was a little more reddish but no black.


    The chick on the left with the red/black chest feathers sprouting is a little cockerel.
    The chick in the middle light brown/salmon chest feather is a little pullet as is the one on the far right who is a little darker.

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    Here are the cockerel and the darker of the two females at 6 weeks- the comb and wattles are prominent on the cockerel (right). The other pullet stayed lighter overall:

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    Today they're 9 weeks in the same order as the 3 week old pics above- the pullets have started to pink up and get little red wattles (flash washes this out a little) and the cockerel looks much different with more changes to come.

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  7. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow. Very informative. Thank you for the pictures. I think when you have more than 1 kind of a bird you can really see the comparision. How come all the tails point down. With most of my females, they go up in a triangle?
    Thanks again
     
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  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Cockerel
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel
     
  10. Shezadandy

    Shezadandy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are used to being picked up and separated from the flock for a bit while I get their weight and look them over and take their pictures. I usually do this in the bathroom so I can have them at an elevated spot for a better look and if they decide to make a break for it, they can't get too far (house cats abound). Anyways, being separated for a couple minutes and having Godzilla (me) take pictures of them almost always results in the tail down thing-- but it's less than 3 minutes of their lives once every week or two. When they're trotting around with their friends the tails are up.
     

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