Welsummer possibly a cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Alexandra33, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Never had a baby start pinking up slightly at almost 2 weeks of age....[​IMG]
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    The definite pullet for comparison.
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    It's feathering in darker than the girlie....kind of odd.
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    Thanks!
    ~Alex
     
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  2. Melody the Goat

    Melody the Goat Out Of The Brooder

    It does look like 'she' might be a cockerel. A little bit too early to tell though. One of our chicks is a Welsummer as well (and a pullet), and she definitely doesn't have that big/pink of a comb and she's around three weeks old.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    You should know more in the next few weeks. It's legs look thicker but I'm not seeing cockeral currently, and it looks to be feathering like a pullet. Most you can tell by 4-5 weeks of age.
     
  4. Melody the Goat

    Melody the Goat Out Of The Brooder

    Also two of his toes (one on each foot) look bent the wrong way. Is her/his toes normally like that or is it just the pictures?
     
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  5. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Some end up with curled toes. I read it's from improper incubation temperatures, and some say deficiency. I get an occasional chick with off toes and they do fine.
     
  6. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Will definitely be keeping an eye on this little little one. I know it's pretty early. [​IMG] I'm just not used to "pullets" developing so quickly.

    Absolutely! [​IMG] Your input is greatly appreciated! [​IMG]

    You're not seeing things, it's got crooked toes. [​IMG] I've had a few birds with this before. [​IMG] Thanks for being kind enough to notice!

    ~Alex
     
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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree
     
  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    You'll know as soon as the chest comes in. Male Welsummers have a black chest while females have a salmon chest.

    Definitely looking male all around.

    Put the chicks on Chick Saver or such for the B vitamins. You can even put the concentration a bit higher than package recommendation for a couple of days then lower back to standard dosage.

    Sometimes it is incubating temps, sometimes genetics, often vitamin B deficiency either in the chick feed or left over from deficiency in the egg. If it is vitamin deficiency, a couple of weeks will make all the difference. If it isn't, no harm done.

    LofMc
     
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  10. Alexandra33

    Alexandra33 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you, everyone! [​IMG]

    LofMc, I will definitely do that! It could possibly aid in correcting the crooked toe issue?
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    Snapped a quick picture of the boy last night. Almost positive now that at two weeks old, this is a cockerel. Also, his chest feathers are beginning to look less salmon and more black.

    ~Alex
     

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