Welsummer... Hen? Rooster? Fake rooster? 🤣

MountainWoman73

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I see why you're confused. Black coloring on the breast does indicate cockerel for welsummers. But that bird looks like a pullet, if it's 4 months. A cockerel would have more sex specific coloring by then. The comb and wattles are a little red, but they don't scream "boy". So, my guess is she's an accidental cross breed, not 100% welsummer, or it's some weird hormonal thing. Let us know in a couple more months if we're right!

The second bird looks totally typical for a welsummer pullet, btw.
 

Kennas_Kritters

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Here is a old picture of her before the black feathering appeared.
 

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ColtHandorf

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Here are some more pictures!
In those photos, the bird in question is a pullet. The black on the breast is interesting and I can think of a couple of reasons. One being genetic...

@Amer, @The Moonshiner, and @nicalandia, could you report to the principal's office, please?
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The other one could be a potential health issue. @Overo Mare and @Rhodebar Lover is it possible that an ovary could have been damaged or whatever and an excess of testosterone would allow the development of male-specific coloring?
Here is a old picture of her before the black feathering appeared.
Now that is interesting. It's been fifteen years since I've raised Welsummers, but that picture would have made me think cockerel...
 

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In those photos, the bird in question is a pullet. The black on the breast is interesting and I can think of a couple of reasons. One being genetic...

@Amer, @The Moonshiner, and @nicalandia, could you report to the principal's office, please?
louis ck snl GIF by Saturday Night Live


The other one could be a potential health issue. @Overo Mare and @Rhodebar Lover is it possible that an ovary could have been damaged or whatever and an excess of testosterone would allow the development of male-specific coloring?

Now that is interesting. It's been fifteen years since I've raised Welsummers, but that picture would have made me think cockerel...
Actually, the chick photo is a perfect example of a pullet. I own 5 Welsummers currently, all are girls and all looked like that as chicks. I do not think it is a damaged ovary either, mainly because they often come with other traits. Often with saddles, hackles, and larger combs/wattles. I think its just a breeding issue/fault, but I have never had a Welsummer like that, so I cannot say much.
 

Amer

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In those photos, the bird in question is a pullet. The black on the breast is interesting and I can think of a couple of reasons. One being genetic...

@Amer, @The Moonshiner, and @nicalandia, could you report to the principal's office, please?
louis ck snl GIF by Saturday Night Live


The other one could be a potential health issue. @Overo Mare and @Rhodebar Lover is it possible that an ovary could have been damaged or whatever and an excess of testosterone would allow the development of male-specific coloring?

Now that is interesting. It's been fifteen years since I've raised Welsummers, but that picture would have made me think cockerel...
I don’t understand why the black is showing up either, but your guess is as good as mine. Maybe it is some damage.
 

JedJackson

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In the newer photos I do agree that it is a pullet. The black feathers at the breast are confusing, but they are probably just a harmless genetic hand me down. Variation happens.
 

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