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post #11 of 19

Wow, 16 weeks and crowing already?

I guess they all mature at different ages.

My roo is 18 weeks old and has not yet crowed although I heard a long "yell" come out of his mouth just once.

So far he just pretty much keeps to himself and wanders around as if he hasn't a care in the world.

Every now and then, when the urge strikes him, he'll do one of his mating attempts with the other two Silkies.

I really wish he would crow, so I can hear his voice.

(I have three other roosters of various breeds and they all sound so different.)


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Raising Katahdin meat sheep, Silkies, Guineas, Egg Layers, annual pig, Papillons, toy Poodle,

Cornish Rex cats, Musk Turtle, Kangal LGDs (and puppies) and Grt Pyr on 15 acres in the middle of nowhere.

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post #12 of 19

Yeah, I was hoping he wouldn't and that I would have all girls, but no hit

Thier voices are a bit raspy, probably cause they are just starting.  It really is funny....he will start to crow....and then stop in mid crow! 

sounds kinda like...

Crrrooooook eh rooooo!!!

Crrrooooook eh?

Crrrooooook eh?

Crrrooooook eh rooooo!!

Rest in peace my "puppies", you were loved greatly.
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Rest in peace my "puppies", you were loved greatly.
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post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by AlienChick 
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Originally Posted by kerrysmommy 

the males get like a big bubbly bulge on there face tht is the comb and the females just kinda stay like they would in picures.


Yeah, I have three Silkies that are 18 weeks old now.

About two weeks ago one of mine started developing this bubbly bulge on top of his nose.

I knew right away he was a roo.  The other two remained the same with no bulge.

Just this past week, the roo has started to bite the other females in an attempt to mate.  (Yeah, he's got a long way to go.)

http://i937.photobucket.com/albums/ad213/Farmstead/New%20Baby%20Chicks/Silkies/weekendfun030.jpg


Here's one of my females. Comb not so "bubbly."


http://i937.photobucket.com/albums/ad213/Farmstead/New%20Baby%20Chicks/Silkies/weekendfun006.jpg


Both are very pretty!  I don't think your second chick looks like a male hu

My little silkie cockerel began crowing at about 14 weeks.  I have a mature roo and had another little d'uccle cockerel who he may have learned from...

OP - other things to look for, since you have more than one:  cankles (thick ankles/legs) - does anyone have noticeably thicker legs than others?  streamers? the mating behaviors is a given...lol.

Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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Caretaker of a lovely mixed flock including: australorp, plymouth rocks, wyandotte, d'uccles, silkies, EEs, andalusian, and a few seramas, plus a golden retriever, great dane, and three cats.  I always swore that I wouldn't succumb to chicken math.  I lied.
 

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post #14 of 19

My 4 silkies are almost 16 weeks old.  I hatched them from eggs I got from Thistledown Farm in Davis, CA.  I'm trying to figure out the gender of mine, as well.  I have a cuckoo, a partridge, an isabel, and a white.  I am almost 100% certain that the cuckoo is a cockerel.  As far as the other 3, we have no idea just yet what they are.  I hope we know pretty soon! 

I stand out there and look at them and say, "Well, if you're gonna crow, then CROW ALREADY, darnit!"  (Though I don't really say "darnit"; just trying to be family friendly. Hehehe.)

Living in the Sierras, raising chickens, groovin' on alpacas, growing food, loving my fabulous husband, and closer than ever to living my ideal dream!

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Living in the Sierras, raising chickens, groovin' on alpacas, growing food, loving my fabulous husband, and closer than ever to living my ideal dream!

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post #15 of 19

If it helps at all, here is Chuckie my 16-week old Rooster that just came out of the closet tongue  all of a sudden he is very masculine looking, very square and boxy

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/87534_chickens_and_house_6-12-11_014.jpg

And Tommy about 4 weeks ago
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/87534_chicks_5-5-11_067.jpg


Edited by sadies chicks - 6/29/11 at 9:39pm
Rest in peace my "puppies", you were loved greatly.
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Rest in peace my "puppies", you were loved greatly.
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post #16 of 19
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone! This helps a lot. That's why I love this forum. big_smile

Owned by a lot of animals that I love very much! Have 2 beautiful girls and a patient husband that puts up with this circus!!
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Owned by a lot of animals that I love very much! Have 2 beautiful girls and a patient husband that puts up with this circus!!
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post #17 of 19

I have 9 silkies and I think three of them are males.  One for sure, he's bigger and his comb and wattles are turning mulberry color.  Also all the feathers on his neck are getting thicker and longer then the others.  His legs are much thicker then the other chickies, and his spur bumps are bigger then the others.  Mine are 9 weeks old, and I've heard no crow attempts yet!  They do sound more grown up though now.
I'll get some pics up of him in a few days, since I left my camera at my sil's >.<


Edited by Avienda - 6/30/11 at 6:53am

Chirst loving,homeschooling, stay at home mom to two wonderful boys, 1 pitbull, 3 cats and 9 silkies.

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Chirst loving,homeschooling, stay at home mom to two wonderful boys, 1 pitbull, 3 cats and 9 silkies.

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post #18 of 19

Thank you. The pictures help.

post #19 of 19
sadies chicks are beauttiful:-)
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