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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Canuck88, Jul 20, 2019.
Is it possible to tell the sex of 5 week old Welsummer chicks? If yes I will add some photos
I have a two month old welsummer pullet purchased through hatchery. Might need a little more time to tell but pictures do help.
Females generally have the darker, more distinct eyeliner. I've heard the best time to determine sex is a day or two after hatch. I bought 20 from a co-op that were advertised as pullets, and 100% of them were (to my surprise because 2 didn't have the dark eyeliner). So they can be sexed at birth. If you provide pictures make sure to show the chest.
What does the chest look like? Any black?
you can tell the gender of a welsummer at hatch and also as their breast feathers come in. I can't explain how because I might have it backwards but at hatch you can tell by the color pattern of their chick fur near the eye, one gender has a clearer stripe the other is a bit messier. I am sure someone who has it all memorized will describe it better than that. As they develop their breast feathers the females will have a reddish salmon type color breast feather, the males I believe have dark brown or black.
I am not sure if at 5 weeks old if they have breast feathers yet, pictures help a lot.
btw, the two that didn't look female to me (but were) are different than the others. They have a partridge chest rather than the uniform salmon-colored chest that most Welsummer hens have. Maybe they're partridge Welsummers.
My beautiful welsummer pullet!
Definitely a pullet.
Aw! She is sweet looking! I hope she is smarter than mine, who can't seem to find her way out of the run when the door is opened.
Hopefully OP will post some pictures so we can let them know what they have lol.