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post #11 of 32
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Originally Posted by Juliechickens 

Can people give me advice on how to tell the difference of a female silkie vs. a male silkie????  I have tried looking at the organs and I just can not tell.  Please, any advice would be helpful.  Anything to look for, any traits, anything at all!!!  Please don't hesitate to post a reply!  I want to be able to tell one from the other.  My silkies are now about 6 weeks old and still I am clueless!! 
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I had the same problem i bought 5 silkies and they were about 6-7 weeks old. I found though if you look at the base of their leg right above their toes then you can see or feel a small bump, the start of their spurs... now i dont know if thats a fool proof way of knowing but the ones i felt thebump on all turned out to be little roos! hope this helps!

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post #12 of 32

I have four silkie hens about 3 to 4 weeks.  No combs as of yet.  I am hoping for at least two hens as I can not keep roosters.  I am so hoping!!!  I guess I will have to try again next year if I get all males.  sad    I have one buff , one white, and two black.  The two black ones are tiny and the buff one is huge.  The white one is very fluffy and friendly.  I hope she is a girl.  She is bigger than the black ones.

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post #13 of 32

Mine are about 11 weeks.  I think mine are blue, they are a grayesh black color.  There is a bigger one, and two smaller ones, but from their combs and wattles I would think they are all male.  I'm hoping for one male and two female, and if not that, all girls.  I got them from Pickering Valley Feed.  I asked how old they are, and he said about one week.  It could be they are a few days apart, so I can't really judge by size of anything...  Grrrrr....  fl

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post #14 of 32

I just went out to check on mine, and I found that they all have very VERY small bumps on their legs, which I guess are spurs (Trust me, I have no clue what I am doing).  The bigger one of the smaller ones has wattles, and I relized that none of the others do.  They all have combs.

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post #15 of 32

It is impossible to be 100% certain of the gender unless your silkie has laid an egg. Crowing doesn't make it a rooster since some hens crow. I would just wait.

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post #16 of 32

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/68634_dsc_0194.jpg

here is my 26 week old...I still don't know......so sit back and wait, no eggs, no crowing yet....they are VERY difficult to determine sex.

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post #17 of 32

caf *Sits back and waits*

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post #18 of 32

Look at the feathers on the chick's head. Males tend to have feathers that stand upright and curve towards the back, while the female head feathers tend to form in a rounded feather puff.

Look at the comb when it develops within two to three weeks of the chick's birth. a male will have a larger comb than a female.

Males are significantly larger than females, and this can be obvious a few days after hatching. This isn't considered a certain method of sexing though because you may just have a large female or a small male. It's also a poor method if you are trying to compare chicks from two different genetic lines.

Listen for crowing. The chicks will start losing the fluffly baby feathers around four of five months. At that time a male silkie will start attempting to crow.

Look at the saddle feathers just before the tail and the hackle feathers on the neck. These feathers will be long and sharp on a male and gently rounded on a female.

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post #19 of 32
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/68634_dsc_0194.jpg

here is my 26 week old...I still don't know......so sit back and wait, no eggs, no crowing yet....they are VERY difficult to determine sex.


its a roo

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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/68634_dsc_0194.jpg

here is my 26 week old...I still don't know......so sit back and wait, no eggs, no crowing yet....they are VERY difficult to determine sex.


its a roo


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