3 month old silkies - hens/roos, what do you think?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ronnijean, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. ronnijean

    ronnijean Hatching

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    Hi all - I'm brand new to BYC (although I've been reading helpful threads for a few months now) and this is my very first post!!

    I have two 3-month old bearded silkies. I know that it's impossible to know for sure until they crow or lay, but I've been searching and comparing pictures online to try to figure out if they are looking more boy or girl.

    I've love any educated guesses anyone can offer! I'll make it a point to update this thread in a couple months with pictures once I know for sure too. :)

    Gray silkie "Fluffy"
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    Black silkie "Choo Choo"
    ChooChoo3months.jpg


    Any thoughts or insights?

    Thanks! :)
     
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  2. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Welcome to Backyard Chickens could I get full body pictures silky are darn close to when it roo's or lays a egg not sure I can do better but will try
     
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  3. ronnijean

    ronnijean Hatching

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    This was the best I got on my phone. I was trying to hold them sill for the picture, but my arm just got in the way. :) I can try to get a better pic tomorrow.

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  4. Brahmachicken240

    Brahmachicken240 Free Ranging

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    Welcome to BYC :frow
    At 3 months old, there is no way to be 100% certain who is a pullet/cockerel, That’s just the way it is with silkies.
    If you want to be positive on their genders you could order a DNA testing kit.
     
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  5. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    Guess looking I agree with Brahma thought might find some telltale sign
    nope silky are a creature all their own but have 4 of my own all can lay if not broody here
     
  6. ronnijean

    ronnijean Hatching

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    Ok. I thought it was worth a try. I've read so many other thread where people can at least start to tell some signs at this age.

    What else should I be looking for? Comb development, streamers, behaviors? I'm realllllly hoping that at least one of these is a pullet!! I already have an EE rooster and am only allowed to have 2 roosters max where I live. I'm hoping to not have to get rid of both of these cutie pies.

    And silkie pullets don't start to lay until like 7 months, right? When do silkie roos start crowing? Gah, this feels like forever to wait to figure out what they are, lol!
     
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  7. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    My little girls one went broody after she layed one egg but to be honest I got them to hatch for me so it works I spoil them they have their own coop
     
  8. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! And Nuts For Horses!

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    Pullet
    Most likely a cockerel.

    It is possible to tell a lot of silkies at this age. There's just a few that are slower developing, and those take longer.
     
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  9. Stacyoung13

    Stacyoung13 Songster

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    As of now , They both look like cockerels. But that is as of now, post again in a couple of weeks. They are gorgeous birds. Let’s hope I’m wrong
     
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  10. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

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    Choo choo is a cockerel. The other needs more time. Silkies are tricky. I had 2 that I thought were girls until they were older and got streamers. They were late bloomers. No comb, and rounded crest.
     
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