Welsummer ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by chickensista, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. chickensista

    chickensista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an 8 wk old Welsummer that is developing foot feathers. Is this something that pops up in the breed occasionally, or is my boy "special"?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    I had a few pop up in my flock as well. According to this link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsummer

    The Cochin was used in the breed's development so that could account for why feathered legs pop up occasionally. There probably won't be a whole lot of feathering either. Just a few.
     
  3. chickensista

    chickensista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info, Chickndaddy! Do you have a lot of Welsummers? The roos seem really laid back (only 8wks though!) Has this been your experience?
    Thanks!
     
  4. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    so far none of my birds have had feathers on their legs. haven't heard from any one that has got eggs from me that thiers chicks had feathers either.
     
  5. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

    Apr 13, 2007
    Choctaw Oklahoma
    I have never seen a Welsummer with feathered legs.
    Mine don'r have them. Doesn't mean there can't be any I guess.
     
  6. henjoy

    henjoy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None of my Welsummers have leg feathers either. As far as the roosters, I've had several and they have always been perfect gentlemen. Never had an aggressive one yet. They are beautiful too.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here's the scoop on this: I consulted a breeder who told me it's fairly common for Welsummers to have some feather stubs on their legs and fuzz between their toes due to their ancestry. You'd want to pluck those if you show them. I hatched some like that, but they never developed actual feathered legs.
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    I'm getting a full grown 1 yr old welsummer hen...I wonder if mine will have feathers...I would love it!
     
  9. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    feather stubs

    Thank you Cyn. I was at a loss for the word. [​IMG]

    Do you have a lot of Welsummers? The roos seem really laid back (only 8wks though!) Has this been your experience?

    I had about 30-40 hens in the breed pen with three roos. And I kept a few extra roosters and pullets on "the yard' or kitchen flock for back up. My roosters were great guys. Never had any aggression with them towards me and they were great to their girls.​
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2008
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Never had any featherings on my Wellies!

    Welsummers are so personable and so friendly...its fast favorite of mine! I dont have any roos in my flock but this clutch of chicks I will retain one roo for the winter and early spring before he heads out to a friends farm.

    Have fun!
     

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