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Guess at sexing silkie chicks

post #1 of 9
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I know it's very difficult to know for sure, but would love anyone to hazard a guess. I know they're still very young but thought some guesses by "those of you who know" would be interesting and a bit of fun.

The first is a buff (I think?) 7 week old. Very confident and has been the leader of the trio.


Edited by handihoes - 7/10/16 at 12:49am
post #2 of 9
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The second is a 7 week old partridge. Confident and likes to fight the buff one, but also the most affectionate. Loves cuddles and I call it the lazy one as it's always laying down when the others are exploring. It's also the largest.

Edited by handihoes - 7/10/16 at 12:27am
post #3 of 9
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The third is my little black one I hatched from a bator. It's only 6 weeks (9 days younger). We bought the other two as week olds because this little chick was the only survivor from our fertile eggs and it needed company. This one is much smaller than the others even when measured in comparative age. It's from different stock and where we bought the fertile eggs from was a bit dodgy. The guy had lots of cross breeds so I'm not 100% it's a pure silkie?? It does look a little different to the others. Anyway, it's the most timid and skittish of the three.

When I bought the buff and partridge as week old, they were the smallest of a lot of about 30 chicks, as I needed them to be small to be the most suitable for my younger chick. Also, I knew this might mean a slightly better chance they would be hens rather than roos, so my fingers have been crossed. But I have a feeling atleast one will be a roo.
Any guesses appreciated.
Edited by handihoes - 7/10/16 at 12:41am
post #4 of 9
I really need you to number your photos, I see at least 3 with BIG combs but, maybe I am seeing photos of the same chick.

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post #5 of 9
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Oh sorry, the same color is all one chick. There is just one buff, one partridge and one black. smile.png
post #6 of 9
This is way too early to attempt to sex them but at this age, I think the buff is a female, and the partridge Is a cockerel - he has a huge comb.
The blackish one I don't get a feel for at all. Not really showing any gender signs.

Maybe it's from the flash or ?? they don't seem to have black skin or beaks. I can't see their feet. Do they have black feet with 5 toes on each foot?Silkies should have black skin, feet, beaks etc. Hatchery birds usually are lacking the important traits of any breed.

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post #7 of 9
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Thanks drumstick diva. I'm sad the partridge is probably a roo though because it's my favorite and so snuggly. They all have black skin, and the buff and partridge have blue ear lobes thingies (though it's hard to tell from the pics) and dark blue/black beaks and feet. They all also have 5 toes, not four on their cute feathered legs. The buff and partridge came from a silkie hobby farm so I'm pretty certain they are pure silkie. It's just the black one which came from a bit of a dodgy backyard set up. The black one just looks different from the other two and has developed much slower. As you can see in the pic, it's puffy head feathers are smaller and there's not many of them and it's comb looks a bit different too. Still cute though <3
post #8 of 9
Id guess the buff and partridge to be cockerels but at this age it really is just a guess.
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I know it's really too early at 6 weeks but does anyone have guesses with these silkies?
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