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Hello, I am new raising backyard chickens. I have 4 silkies that are about 23 weeks old. Vivianne, Stella, Tullala, and Chica are their names. (I named them female names hoping for females lol) So vivianne, stella, and chica are always together and Tullala is always in the background watching from afar... Like she's the 4th wheel. Does anyone know why this is? Im wondering if Vivanne and Tullala are males and Vivanne is the leader so Tullala just stays her distance? Is that normal rooster behavior. I know they  are not keeping Tullala from eating or drinking she is as large as Vivianne and I personally see her eat and drink. 

 

Thank you.

 

-Sabrina 

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I'm pretty handy at sexing silkies if you can post a pic. By the behaviors you described the outsider could be a second in command male with no mate attached to him or a low order female who possibly could be getting pecked during food tie or unwilling to be mated so tries to hide in the back. So dunno it could be either gender. I have had a lot of Silkie roos and their defining features are their fat round belly butt tail section with long tail feathers and bigger foot feathers with engorged bigger comb.

ultimate favorite breeds: Rosecomb, Silkie, d'Anvers, Australorp

 

 

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ultimate favorite breeds: Rosecomb, Silkie, d'Anvers, Australorp

 

 

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I was going to ask if you could post pics too. My youngest silkies are now around 23 weeks and I finally think I figured out everyone's sex. Could just be flock dynamics but I think it would help you to know their gender.
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I'm pretty handy at sexing silkies if you can post a pic. By the behaviors you described the outsider could be a second in command male with no mate attached to him or a low order female who possibly could be getting pecked during food tie or unwilling to be mated so tries to hide in the back. So dunno it could be either gender. I have had a lot of Silkie roos and their defining features are their fat round belly butt tail section with long tail feathers and bigger foot feathers with engorged bigger comb.
What do you think about these? They're 10 weeks old. I feel like the paint is a hen and there's something about the neck and crest on the blue smooth that makes me think roo. Frizzled as well. I just don't have enough experience to know...
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DARK BROWN IS VIVANNE LIGHT BROWN IS CHICA GREY IS TULLALA

 

 

VIVANNE CHICA STELLA

 

TULLALA

 

CHICA

 

 

 

 

 

STELLA

 

 

SO I'm pretty positive that vivanne is a rooster because of how different she looks then the rest of them.  

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sorry the pictures aren't the greatest let me know if you need better ones and ill try again lol 

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DARK BROWN IS VIVANNE LIGHT BROWN IS CHICA GREY IS TULLALA

 

 

VIVANNE CHICA STELLA

 

TULLALA

 

CHICA

 

 

 

 

 

STELLA

 

 

SO I'm pretty positive that vivanne is a rooster because of how different she looks then the rest of them.  

 

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Originally Posted by storrez4 View Post
 

DARK BROWN IS VIVANNE LIGHT BROWN IS CHICA GREY IS TULLALA

 

 

VIVANNE CHICA STELLA

 

TULLALA

 

CHICA

 

 

 

 

 

STELLA

 

 

SO I'm pretty positive that vivanne is a rooster because of how different she looks then the rest of them.  

 

 

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Originally Posted by RubyNala97 View Post

I was going to ask if you could post pics too. My youngest silkies are now around 23 weeks and I finally think I figured out everyone's sex. Could just be flock dynamics but I think it would help you to know their gender.

 

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Originally Posted by storrez4 View Post
 

DARK BROWN IS VIVANNE LIGHT BROWN IS CHICA GREY IS TULLALA

 

 

VIVANNE CHICA STELLA

 

TULLALA

 

CHICA

 

 

 

 

 

STELLA

 

 

SO I'm pretty positive that vivanne is a rooster because of how different she looks then the rest of them.  

 

 

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Originally Posted by grassfedchicken View Post

I'm pretty handy at sexing silkies if you can post a pic. By the behaviors you described the outsider could be a second in command male with no mate attached to him or a low order female who possibly could be getting pecked during food tie or unwilling to be mated so tries to hide in the back. So dunno it could be either gender. I have had a lot of Silkie roos and their defining features are their fat round belly butt tail section with long tail feathers and bigger foot feathers with engorged bigger comb.
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