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telling 3 mos old Wellsummer pullets from cockerels

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by 26chickens, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. 26chickens

    26chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    Mar 28, 2009
    I bought 2 3 mos old Wellsummer pullets from a local breeder & then last week, one of my "hens" tried to crow. I took it back & exchanged it for another, but I'm afraid I picked wrong again. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow of both. The hen is that earthy pattern with lighter pattern on her neck & head (looks similar to a leghorn). The new one in question has rich, deep red & some black tipped feathers (beautiful), also the comb, wattle, legs & feet are quite a bit larger in comparison. The legs are much more yellow than the pullet. The one I returned was top bird, but this newbie is the bottom rank for sure. Without the benefit of a photo, anyone have an educated guess?

    We raised 29 pullets last summer, barred rocks, ameraucana & RI reds. In comparison the 3 barred rock hens (10 mos old now) we have each have very different heights of combs.[​IMG]
     
  2. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I had 4 Welsummer chicks last year, and 3 turned into roos. The roos were very obvious by 6 weeks! They had red combs and red wattles starting. The pullet had a yellow tiny comb in comparison, no red or pink on the comb at all and no wattles.
     
  3. 26chickens

    26chickens Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the reply. I'll wait & see to be sure. What about top hats? My neighbor bought some young ones, 6wks old I think, yesterday & tried to get all hens. They sure are pretty. Do they develop combs or are they like silkies with such busy hats that's there's sometimes not much of a comb on the roos?
     
  4. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    By six weeks old the roos should be getting little pink/red wattles and some of them will be getting a comb. Their combs look like horns poking out of the very bottom of their crest/top of their beaks. Sometimes you have to part the crest feathers to see the comb bumps starting!
     

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