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Silkies with 5 toes

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Hi all! Just had to stop by tractor supply and they had a few silkies half off. Of course I bought some. As Travis Triut says, my resistance ain't that strong. Lol

Im new to this breed. Can anyone tell me about them? What to look for so far as gender?

Thanks so much!
post #2 of 9
It will be a while until you can sex them. Roosters will develop streamers to the topknot, and develop comb and wattles earlier.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 9
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What's the top knot?

By the way, my son just returned home from the army after an 8 year enlistment. He asked to raise these. I see the addiction starting and I'm so proud smile.png
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The topknot is the poof of feathers on the heads. Hens will have a more rounded one, roosters will have feathers that stream past the back of the skull. With silkies it takes longer to notice differences between the sexes, so be prepared for a wait, some up to 6 months.

Chickens are a nice calming hobby, I find watching them be chickens, makes the world go away for a while. Your son choose a nice hobby.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #5 of 9
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Thank you go the explanation. And I totally agree. I love just watching my flock and I see it in him too. Thanks again!
post #6 of 9

Silkies are wonderful little birds, but they are terribly difficult to sex. Congrats on your little chicks! Here are a couple of my favorite grow outs from this years hatches, to give you an idea of how difficult they can be to tell apart!

Pullet.

Cockerel.

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Originally Posted by howfunkyisurchicken View Post

Silkies are wonderful little birds, but they are terribly difficult to sex. Congrats on your little chicks! Here are a couple of my favorite grow outs from this years hatches, to give you an idea of how difficult they can be to tell apart!


Pullet.


Cockerel.
I notice that the cockerel's comb is more pronounced through the top knot than that of the hen...
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When I don't fit in and I don’t feel like I belong anywhere
When I don’t measure up to much in this life
Oh, I’m a treasure in the arms of Christ (forgiven ~ Sanctus real))
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post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by ChickenLover200 View Post

I notice that the cockerel's comb is more pronounced through the top knot than that of the hen...
Yep, usually. Those two were hatched January 1st, and I could just recently start telling them apart (I still have a few I'm unsure about). I also notice that my boys usually outgrow the girls rather quickly, but I've had big girls too. Some males are really obvious, others not so much.
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Wow! Yep. Most more difficult then the ones I have. Thanks for the input!
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