You can sex the chicks at hatching ....... remember it all depends on the lines and it is not 100% foolproof to determine sex.
You can tell the differences of the two chicks pictured below, one is pullet on the left and cockeral on the right. The pullet has more refined markings while the cockeral has fuzzy lines. Photo: K. Malinois
To a novice Welsummer owner, it is very important that you know what you are getting your chicks from. Ask alot of questions and decide whether it is for you to get the "right" Welsummers. We encourage new people to go to an WCNA breeder list or a very reputable breeder who has been raising Welsummers with highest standards possible to get the best breed. No one ever want to be disappointed to find it is not a Welsummer because it didn't lay a terra cotta egg or it laid a white egg or totally different breed altogether. Many people have mistaken Brown Leghorns to Welsummers but there ARE the differences as in ear lobes and body types and temperments. Like the picture above, one breeder on Ebay has been selling some Welsummer eggs that carried this white gene factor and it created alot of disappointment to several Ebay buyers. So ASK alot of questions, it will save you alot of heartaches, unexpected surprises and disappointments and time that you had in mind to get some good quality Welsummers.
This chick was labelled as Welsummer at the hatchery, unfortunately NO Welsummer should have that type of "quail" markings on its head.
This chick has a bit of leg feathering and it is a disqualification and fault to the Welsummer breed. One should not be breeding feather legged or "stub" feathered Welsummers because it is a dominant trait and very difficult to breed out of them. In very rare occassions, "throw-backs" feather legged Welsummer chicks pops up and you can either cull it out of your program or raise it as an egg layer, never to be bred for standard.