Hi there, I'm new to this site as a member but have been following threads posted here for years and found people's knowledge and advice to be outstanding. I have kept backyard chooks since I was a kid & currently have 6 chickens (unfortunately only 6 due to council reg's). I've got a silver laced Sussex, gold laced Wyandotte who's hatched a lavender araucana & a GL Wyandotte and I'm raising an exchequer leghorn and a welsummer. All chicks are 7wks. I'm currently trying to establish gender for the chicks, the araucana is too young to tell now, pretty sure the GL Wyandotte is a cockerel and the leghorn & welsummer have me baffled. I posted pics in the which gender/breed thread but I'll post them here too. Any thoughts would be much appreciated. As a chick the welsummer had all the features of a female, and the partridge feathers say female but this development of black feathers on the chest has me baffled? Thoughts?