18 week silkies

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MrsMommaJones, Dec 9, 2014.

  1. MrsMommaJones

    MrsMommaJones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is Gyro. I'm sure he is a rooster.[​IMG][​IMG]

    This is Gadget..... I was sure and am hoping this one is female. It's half the size of gyro and was hatched the same day. We have another silkie that is closely related to gyro and they are about the same height but their hatch days are a week apart.

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    Gyro and gadget got into it so badly that I had to turn the house on them (were in tx it's not that cold) it's the only way I could split them up. They have never done that before.

    It's my Gadget a roo?
     
  2. MrsMommaJones

    MrsMommaJones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ignore my oh so happy son. He had just gotten into trouble
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm leaning towards cockerel on both of them, but I'm not 100% sure. Silkies are very hard to sex until they either crow or lay.
     
  4. MrsMommaJones

    MrsMommaJones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    their parents are show winners if that matters.

    i cant have any more roos than i already have =(
     
  5. MrsMommaJones

    MrsMommaJones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gidget when she was in the sick nest

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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I would also lean towards both being cockerels.
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I agree both look like cockerels to me and that would explain the battles between them. Each wants to be alpha roo. Silkies are extremely difficult to sex early - if you don't want to risk having more cockerels it would be best if you could get older pullets - those at point of lay. They would cost more but, you wouldn't have the aggravation of trying to rehome males - when the chicken world is full of them. If you want to hatch chicks though, you run into the same problem of maybe having cockerels to deal with.
     
  8. MrsMommaJones

    MrsMommaJones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were looking to breed them but I didn't want to have anymore than 2 roosters in the yard. I already have a Cochin rooster. We also need to rehome some of the 15 chicks we have just hatched because I know the we can't have a 100% pullet hatch (althought it would be nice)
     
  9. MrsMommaJones

    MrsMommaJones Chillin' With My Peeps

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    23 weeks old. No crow. Gyro is crowing. Gidget has flared her neck feathers as gadget has but does not fight.
     
  10. MrsMommaJones

    MrsMommaJones Chillin' With My Peeps

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