How to select BCM and Welsummer chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by UGAchick, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. UGAchick

    UGAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there! I am going to pick up some BCM and Welsummer chicks from an add on craigslist. I would like females and have heard that I can tell gender in Welsummers as chicks. Can someone please show me some pictures to demonstrate the differences between males and females? What else should I look for in both breeds? They BCM are advertised as French Standard.

    Thanks for your help!!
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    How old are the chicks you'll be looking at?

    With young BCM's there's no way to tell. If they are older (2-3 weeks) just pick the ones with the smallest combs, that's the best you can do. With welsummers as day old chicks, look for ones with a defined V on their head (boys V tends to be messier, not defined), eyeliner and > marking behind their eyes. If they are older chicks (2-3 weeks) it's easier, go for the ones with the salmon chest. (males feather in dark black/brown on the chest)

    Here are my welsummers.

    Day old, cockeral left (next to the BR cockeral) pullets on the right.
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    Week old pullet:
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    Other week old pullet:
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    Week old cockeral:
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    5 week old - cockeral front pullet back:
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  3. UGAchick

    UGAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How did I do?

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  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    I think you have a pullet on the right. The one on the left looks like it may be a male, but it's harder to tell at the age they are right now. (eyeliner fades as they begin feathering in) In a few weeks, you'll know for sure!
     
  5. Sevenup

    Sevenup Out Of The Brooder

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    The pictures in this thread are awesome, I'm going to try and identify mine again!

    I've separated my little flocks into a few chicken tractors and the children accidentally got the Wellsummers with my brown leghorns. I wanted them with the Barred Rocks... LOL
    I can't hardly tell the Welsummers and BL's apart.. their 6 wks.
     
  6. Paco

    Paco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like two pullets to me. [​IMG]
     
  7. ISSOLA

    ISSOLA Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two pullets I think. Their Vs looked quite defined.

    Why newtochooks, do you think the left one is a cockeral? The left's eye stripe looks quite good too.

    Please UGAchick, update on your final verdict!
     
  8. UGAchick

    UGAchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I guess the jury is still out, issola. I will take some pictures this afternoon and let you decide!!

    I don't really know what I am looking for. They sure are cute though!!
     

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