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Sexing our Silkies- any guesses?

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We're new chicken owners and have four 10-ish week old silkies. They came from different brooder boxes and we think the oldest and youngest are maybe 2 weeks apart. 

We're hoping for pullets as we have to give the roosters away....let us know what you think!

 

Blue frizzled silkie- Bowzer. The most mellow

 

 

Splash frizzled silkie Einstein- seems the most like a rooster and has a big waddle already

 

 

Biggest one- partridge silkie Chewbacca- acts like a broody hen already with the others (hopefully hen?)

 

 

Our most photo shy, skittish, and fiesty little one- Marshmallow the porcelain silkie who is much smaller and less feathered than the others

 

I know the photos aren't perfect, but any expertise would be much appreciated, thanks!

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These are just guesses.  Silkies are hard to sex and I can't see all the combs in the pictures, but I'm thinking the first three are pullets and the last may be a roo.  I only guess the last may be a roo because it looks very young but has ALOT of comb showing. That has always been the first sign that I have noticed with Silkies that we have raised in the past. 

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Silkies are one of the most difficult breeds to sex before 4-5 mos. of age and sometimes not till they crow or lay.    Feathering is nice but, tells nothing about their gender.

 

Good head forward shots showing the comb would be of best help at this age.  If an assistant could hold the crest feathers back or  tie back with a bow  - it would best display the  comb.  Generally males have wide bulbous (really ugly) combs and pullets have  narrow ones.  This is NOT written in stone.

 

I would hate to hazard a guess that might cause you to rehome one or some - without giving them time to grow" into "  their combs.  You could also post at the "Silkie thread,"  which is exclusively silkie breeders etc.

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