Welsummer experts: which of these roos should go?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Gallusfarm, Jun 3, 2010.

  1. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009

    Looking for Welsummer experts to help me determine who I should sell... They really all look the same to me. Are there any positives or negatives that you can tell? I'm new to this breed. Thanks so much for the input.



    The two from the above pic may be here also... Again, I can't tell them apart! [​IMG]

  2. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    Not an expert, and it is hard to judge them all, but in my opinion the first one definitely has way too much red/gold in his body.
  3. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Palmetto GA
    Biger boy with more black breast
  4. lauralou

    lauralou Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    Oh this is hard! They are terribly young to tell much for certain. Of course I understand wanting to lose a couple of them though. I always start getting rid of them when I know it's a bit too early! Too many roosters! Arrgg!

    It looks like they all have mottled breasts and yellow legs, which is good. Any tiny feather stubs on any of the legs? (bad. very bad.) How many points on the combs? The Standard of Perfection calls for 5 points, so that's something I always look for.

    Do you like one of them particularly? I ask that because I had a hard time choosing between my best two last time and I ultimately chose the one I was in love with. I just couldn't take my eyes off of him, he was so beautiful. I'm not even sure why I was more drawn to him than to his brother. They both had good points and bad ones. There is no perfect bird!

    That said, I kind of agree that the guy in the first picture is a bit off color. He's in the middle in the last picture, right? My gut feeling is to pull him out and rehome him. With one gone, maybe you could keep the other two a little longer and let them mature more before you make the final decision.

    Or just keep your fave! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2010
  5. josh44

    josh44 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 16, 2008
    San Antonio Texas
    they are too young to tell, you need to keep roosters unil they are at least 6-8 months old so that they can full out properly.
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I'm certainly not an expert, but I agree the first one has too much red in him. I posted this picture of my rooster, Moose, and was told on the welsummer thread that he is very nice. He's 6 1/2 months old here:
  7. Mervin

    Mervin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Pennsyltucky
    That first guy doesn't seem to have near enough black on him. I'm not sure how big a deal it is, but I'm not crazy about the white tuft just above his rump either.
  8. kfchickenlady

    kfchickenlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    What a gorgeous rooster!!!
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    The first pic has too much red, he goes......

    The second pic the roo looks better but still a bit more red to him. I wait and see how he comes out at maturity either to use him or cull him.

    I noticed the tails have rust tint to them which you do not want it in a Welsummer. They supposed to be black with beetle green sheen to them or solid black, can have grey sheen to them.

    Absolutely no leg feathers or stubs or white feathers popping up. No gold lacings either.

    New2chooks and McSpin's roo pictures should give you a good example of what they should look like. In color, conformation and balance.
  10. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2009
    Thanks everyone for your help!!!

    That's one gorgeous Roo, New2Chooks. [​IMG]

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