Welsummer cockeral v. pullet wing feathers? UPDATED W/ PICS

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jster, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Jster

    Jster Songster

    Dec 11, 2007
    I hatched four welsummer chicks and they are now about 7 weeks old. They are being raised by a friend, and we're trying to figure out their genders. As far as chick color, one was noticably lighter colored. Then that one developed its feathers much more slowly. Now, I went to see them after not seeing them for a few weeks, and one has noticeably distinct wing feather tips. This one's tips come in almost in a funnel shape, whereas the other chicks have rounded wing feather tips. I might be able to post a picture later tonight. Does it sound like we have one cockerel and three hens? They are very beautiful!

    Also, I was looking at a welp hatchery catalog. We got our eggs on the trading post and our thrilled with them, but I was surprised when the welp catalog said that their version of welsummers are 6lbs in 9weeks? Is that true? Ours are about 7 weeks and seemed about 1.5-2 lbs, not unreasonably huge. Is that just the variety they have?

    Thanks in advance!

    Okay, edited to add pictures:

    This first one is of the pointy wing tips on the suspected boy.
    The second one is the rounded wing tips, the other three all have this kind.

    Am I right about pointy wing feather tips being a boy?!?

    Last edited: Jan 24, 2009

  2. Jster

    Jster Songster

    Dec 11, 2007
    Bump...anyone? Please? Anyone out there???
  3. Mourningdove

    Mourningdove Songster

    Dec 17, 2008
    Cleveland, Tn.
    [​IMG] Hello, I am not an expert but I would say that your right! A roo & pullets!
  4. SeramaSweetie

    SeramaSweetie Songster

    Nov 28, 2008
    Thomaston, Georgia
    Probably. [​IMG]

  5. Not to be a pain but, ............. could you post more pics? A head shot of each one? And a full body shot of each? That would help a lot. [​IMG]
  6. Andora

    Andora Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I don't know if you can really tell from the shape of the wing feathers?? But I do know that by 7 weeks my Welsummer roosters had some good sized combs going on and wattles sprouting. They were also much larger than the pullet with tree trunk legs.

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