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6 week old silkie chicks. Have no idea how to sex them!

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I know they're notoriously difficult to sex but I was hoping someone could help
Pom Pom: this one we think is a girl. She's the sweetest little thing!



Lola: not sure but Lola and shadow play together all the time so maybe it's a boy?

Lola on the right

Shadow - pretty sure he's a cockerel. He's an *** lol and he runs super fast and stands up so tall!


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Pom pom is a pullet smile.png
Lola looks like a cockerel... He has some crest feathers sweeping back and I think I see a good sized comb in there?
Shadow is a cockerel.
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Originally Posted by shortgrass View Post

Pom pom is a pullet smile.png
Lola looks like a cockerel... He has some crest feathers sweeping back and I think I see a good sized comb in there?
Shadow is a cockerel.
Agreed.
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Pom pom is a pullet smile.png
Lola looks like a cockerel... He has some crest feathers sweeping back and I think I see a good sized comb in there?
Shadow is a cockerel.
Lola and shadow have the same looking comb. It's bumpy - like it has goose bumps all over it where as Pom poms is smooth. Is that always a good indicator? It's been that way since I got them from the breeder. If I were to get more chicks, would getting a smoother comb be a sure bet?
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And thank you so much for your replies!
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 I'd like to see another picture  in a month or so.  I'm not convinced she is a pullet.

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Lola and shadow have the same looking comb. It's bumpy - like it has goose bumps all over it where as Pom poms is smooth. Is that always a good indicator? It's been that way since I got them from the breeder. If I were to get more chicks, would getting a smoother comb be a sure bet?

Actually, NO comb would be a sure bet wink.png

They actually are harder to tell within the different colors; a person would assume its really hard to see a black comb on black skin with black feathers lol, but blacks are actually the easiest to tell are male (at least, to me ha-ha)


If I were to personally try for a female, and not able to snag it right at hatch, I would look for full head of feathers with NO streamers, a tail that is round and flows downward, not pointing up,.. And fully feathered. ( males tend to feather in slower, especially those head feathers. Makes can have combs at hatch sometimes even.

Small round ball with no spiky feathers lol; those would likely be female wink.png
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Thank you! Ok I'll post in another few weeks and see smile.png
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