Welsummer chicks 4 days to 5 weeks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tamara119, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. Tamara119

    Tamara119 Songster

    Jul 14, 2012
    Bariloche, Patagonia
    Hi! I had a bad hatch due to incubator issue (eggs transferred to a broody for hatch), but happily I got the Welsummer cockerel I was hoping for. In watching him grow out there were a few times I was doubting he was a roo. At hatch I was certain he was male, because although he had a distinct eyestripe and V, the V became indistinct and faded to ginger, and his stripes were slightly indistinct. His comb was also wide and more pointy than I'd expect for a female. I know the breeder, and his chicks always have bold markings, so these characteristics lead me to believe I had a male and female. Anyhow, at 3 weeks I had some doubts, because his breast feathers weren't coming in black, but soon after a bit of black flecking showed up. Today is 5 weeks, and I took more pictures because the differences are now indisputable.

    I thought I'd share the progression of photos for anyone with tricky wellie chicks. Males that have the eyestripe and V, as well as very little black in their breast can be hard to differentiate!

    Male chick in front, you can see the colours are just slightly less bold than the female at the back. Also, his breast is whitish while the female has a creamy yellow breast:

    Female at 4 days old:

    Male at 4-days old:

    Female at 3 weeks:

    Male at 3 weeks:

    Female at 5 weeks:


    Male at 5 weeks:

    Last edited: Oct 17, 2014
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Thank you! What great comparison shots.
  3. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Thanks. Very well done. :eek:)
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Excellent photos! I'm sure many people will find these helpful.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Great comparison photos!

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