I noticed last week that one of the Wellies seemed to have a very prominent comb so I started watching them a bit more. I noticed that two of them did a lot of “play fighting” while the other two would perch quietly and watch the activity in the barnyard. Then I was taking some photos and noticed that the coloring and tailfeathers were different. The girls are very light colored at this point and the boys have black feathers jutting out of their backside. Now when I look at them I can’t see how I missed it to begin with! The difference in their combs is pretty clear.
They're all still pretty tiny right now and these traits only just started to show. But next time I raise Welsummers I'll probably see the signs much sooner.
Well, I really don’t think it’s prudent to have 3 roosters running around when I only have 9 hens…unfortunately, in these days of urban chickens, most folks aren’t looking for a roo around their house because they tend to be a little on the noisy side. Personally, I enjoy the sound of a rooster crowing but I've discovered that I'm an anomaly. Because it would appear thaton that my immediate neighbors do not. Hopefully someone will want to take these pretty boys home; otherwise they’ll have to go to freezer camp with the extra drakes I haven’t been able to send to new families.