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3 month old silkies- male or female??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MyMonsters91, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. MyMonsters91

    MyMonsters91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I got 2 silkies today, I wasn't planning on getting any new chickens until Spring, but someone in town offered them for $5 each and couldn't resist. They're so CUTE! I can't really say by attitude, since I only got to see them associate with my older ones for about 15 minutes before the older ones went to roost and I put the younger ones in the coop in a cage where they would be safe from ducks and older chickens until I can see them all together tomorrow. I don't know how to sex silkies, though. What's your best guess?

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  2. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chicken math STRIKES AGAIN. They are beautiful birds indeed. You stole them at that price. [​IMG] The sexing of silkies is very difficult until they start to crow, or lay eggs. Maybe there are some top dog breeders with some tricks up their sleeve. I will just take a guess and say they are hens.. It will make you feel good at least temporarily. WISHING YOU BEST WITH THESE BEAUTIES. [​IMG]
     
  3. MyMonsters91

    MyMonsters91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! And I agree. When a neighbor asked if I was still wanting Silkies and she said her mom had some she wanted to sell and found out it was only $5 and she wanted to rehome 2 of them, I ran right over lol. Even if they do end up being boys and I have to figure out something to keep my main Roo appeased then it'll be worth it, they're so adorable! And their chirping.. hahah.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    #1-cockerel
    #2-pullet
     
  5. MyMonsters91

    MyMonsters91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I guessed, and am hoping for, but I have zero experience sexing silkies. These could be mixes, too. Someone mentioned that silkies don't have single combs, and I'm pretty sure that 2nd one is a single comb.. and they are free-ranged in a yard with other banton type chickens, though they all seem to stay to their own kinds. I'm not too worried about the purity of their breed, they're adorable and that's what I love hahah. I've got so many boy guesses for both on facebook. :p Ah, well... I'll watch them tomorrow and how they act and stand and all that fun stuff! Examine their neck, too, though I'm sure they're still too young to have pointy long neck feathers or saddle feathers.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Silkies are hard to guess on. Hopefully you have at least one pullet :)
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    this is my guess, too.

    the silkie feathering is recessive, so they had to be pure in the sense that each parent had silkie feathers. Those straight combs crop up on hatchery stock from time to time. Doesn't effect egg laying, broodiness or how cute they are one bit, just means it's not a show bird. I could live with that.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Good, then it is agreed :)
     
  9. MyMonsters91

    MyMonsters91 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]You guys! [​IMG] Thanks. I know that doesn't guarantee a hen, but it gives me a bit of hope. :D Guess I'll know when they either lay or crow one way or another lmao. And I thought my Buff was hard to sex!
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Yeah, hope you get a pullet!
     

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