Sexing Welsummers by Color? Not so Fast!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by speckledhen, May 3, 2008.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Ok, Christie, our resident Welsummer Queen, tells me that she does not sex her chicks by the color, as some do, but by their combs at a very young age. The usual sexing wisdom with Welsummers says that the darker, more defined V's are the girls, the lighter colored ones with the blurrier V's the boys, at least, most of the time. We all know that unless it's an actual sexlink, rules are made to be broken, though. I have a batch of a dozen Wellies who are 9 days old. Going by color alone, I have maybe 8 or 9 pullets out of that bunch, a definite topsy turvy ratio for moi, as many know. Well, I was just communing with the little sweeties in the brooder and WHOA! A pullet-colored baby, at least one I would peg as pullet-colored, is getting quite a comb for a baby just over a week old. So, hmm, guess I will soon be posting the usual "what am I?" pics so everyone can play the guessing game.
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I feel for you and your string of cockeral luck!! I was looking at the orps I hatched a couple weeks ago. I see FAR FAR FAR too many big combs jumping out of their heads like wildfire! The thick thighs, that stretched up neck posture and they stare you down. And I swear something in there trying to crow at me!
     
  3. figlette

    figlette Out Of The Brooder

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    After the Matilda incident, I don't much buy the color sexing. Matilda very much had a defined V, eyeliner and all that jazz, but is not so much a girl. His comb was noticeably larger at about 2 weeks and was feathering and growing much slower. Best of luck to you. [​IMG]
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Thanks, I sure would like to know pretty soon how many Wellie cockerels I have. They are all so pretty, but even if I decide to keep one, I can only keep one. They're 10 days old now and there are some very definite combs popping up there, LOL.
     
  5. figlette

    figlette Out Of The Brooder

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    Cynthia,

    Would you like to see any pictures of Matt(ilda) v. the girls for comparison?
     

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