Welsummer chicks, pullets or cockerels?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by oliviaandjosh4, Mar 12, 2015.

  1. oliviaandjosh4

    oliviaandjosh4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 3 welsummer chicks from Tractor Supply on February 21st, but my guess is they were about a week old when I bought them, so that would make them about 4 weeks old. Two of them have developed faster than the other one, they are almost completely feathered out with comb development although one has a bigger comb than the other. When they were chicks and even now, the two that have developed the most were and still are darker than the other one. The other one is more of a yellow tan color, while the bigger ones were more reddish brown. Idk if that matters with gender or not. I will post pics below in a comment, let me know what you think pullets or cockerels, thanks in advance!
     
  2. oliviaandjosh4

    oliviaandjosh4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CHICK #1

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    CHICKS #2 & 3

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  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    #1 looks like the only pullet.
     
  4. ScenicViews

    ScenicViews Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so glad you posted this!! I have a 4 week old also, still not sure about he-she, she is the smallest of the 7 I bought, but I bought 7, 6 different breeds, so... there you go.
    I think I am going to have to wait her-him out... Very dark v on the top of her head, right now she is one of my friendliest, but also one of the fastest to scurry about. She flies alot!

    If she is a "he" I will have to find him a new home...
     
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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    #1 pullet #2 & #3 cockerels
     
  6. oliviaandjosh4

    oliviaandjosh4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you tell by the feather color whether or not they are pullets/cockerels? I know the combs and their size were an obvious sign of cockerels but have read where people can tell by their feather color. So glad I have at least one pullet!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Chicks #2 and #3 are cockerels. The large red combs are one cockerel trait. It is also true, though, that you can sex Welsummers (and other Black Breasted Red color pattern breeds/varieties) by color when they grow in their feathers. The males tend to have darker coloring and black breasts, while the females have reddish salmon colored breasts and lighter coloring.
     

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