This is going to sound like a really dumb question but I have to ask it anyway. I'm still unsure of my 2 silkies are pullets or cockerels. Thera been no crowing and since they're bad quality, I can't even compare them to each other (one has walnut comb the other a single comb). Well today I saw one of my cockerels try to mate with the one (who promptly squealed and ran away). Does that mean for sure that she's a she since he was trying? Lol . I even feel stupid asking that lol.
In other news, everyone just turned 5 weeks old on Saturday and again, egg demand has increased. Now, not only do we have all the neighbors, family (including extended), and friends waiting for eggs but now our neighbor down the other way, who already has chickens is asking for hatching eggs lol. I guess he has a Broody who is determined to hatch, he wants easter eggers, and he has no roos. At this rate, we won't have any eggs for ourselves! We have 13 girls (if both silkies are girls that is) and I hope they're almost ready to roll lol.
We had a young rooster who happened to have the misfortune of looking very similar to one of our silkie mix hens.... well the older roosters frequently tried 'jumping' him for the first few weeks he when he got to be the same size as the little hen, I think she appreciated the break but the poor little rooster was pretty freaked out!
So mistaken identity can happen, though in our case it was because of similar appearance and over eager roosters, not detected hormones. Silkies are notoriously difficult to figure out until they either crow or lay an egg. So it may be a while, since they often are rather slow to mature also.
I know someone who has EEs in the Cherry Tree area if hatching eggs are needed.... I'm not sure what area you are in or how close the neighbor is... let me know if you want to make the connection.