1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

4 Week Silkie...Roo?? (Pics)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mama Knucker Hatch, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. Mama Knucker Hatch

    Mama Knucker Hatch New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Jul 7, 2007
    Northeast Georgia
    Hi all,

    I ordered one Silkie (among many other breeds), and received a bonus Silkie. The intent was to have all hens among the 10 sexed chicks ordered. I'm a little watchful, as two extra chicks were thrown into the mix.

    I just noticed yesterday that the combs of my two four week old Silkies differ. One has a flat smooth comb, and the other (pictures below) has a raising and "bubbling" comb. I know Silkies are very difficult to sex, but since they are both the same age, and now showing differences, I'm eager to see what others think:

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Any hunch on if this Silkie is a Ruby or a Roofus? [​IMG]
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    If I were to guess, I'd say roo. But, I'm sure you've heard that you can't tell the sex of a Silkie until it either crows or lays an egg! [​IMG]
     
  3. Julie in Al

    Julie in Al Chillin' With My Peeps

    191
    0
    139
    Jan 18, 2007
    Dothan, Al
    I could be wrong looking at the picture, but it looks like straight combs on those silkies. Somtimes that happens but is a fault unless you want want them for pet quality. I can't tell on these two if they are cockerals or not.
     
  4. Chellester

    Chellester Chillin' With My Peeps

    752
    1
    151
    Jun 22, 2007
    Nor Cal
    The tail doesn't look right either... it's long and pointy, where silkies normally have round, bushy tails.
     
  5. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

    837
    0
    159
    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    We have an 8 week old silkie. At 4 wks old it's tail looked just like that one's. It just hasn't feathered out all the way yet. Ours has got a little ball there now.
     
  6. Mama Knucker Hatch

    Mama Knucker Hatch New Egg

    9
    0
    7
    Jul 7, 2007
    Northeast Georgia
    All three pics are of the same silkie, but different viewpoints...and this one is very much transitioning into the feathered out stage. It has been amazing to watch the transformation. I can't wait for full poof. [​IMG]

    Julie in Al, can you tell me what you mean by a "straight comb". What should they have?
     
  7. Chellester

    Chellester Chillin' With My Peeps

    752
    1
    151
    Jun 22, 2007
    Nor Cal
    Either way, it's still a pretty bird! [​IMG]
     
  8. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    She means a regular comb. Not a silkie comb. A silkie has a rose comb. I think your silkie has some of the cochin characteristics left. From what I understand, some are bred to cochin to try and get the mulberry color comb and wattles?? But I am new to this so don't quote me or anything. Sometimes, the straight comb is passed along as well as other traits like regular feathers which may explain why the tail looks like that. But, silkie roos have more structure in the tail too?? Right Julie? Just thinking outloud really. He is a cutie though. You just probably wont be able to show him.

    Marie
     
  9. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Actually, Silkies have a Walnut comb, not a rose comb or straight comb. I would say your guy is a roo. All my girls have a very flat comb, just a patch of blue skin really.
    [​IMG]
    Here's an example of a what a Silkie roo comb should look like.
    And the tail is a bit different, too. [​IMG]
     
  10. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    Sorry, I told you I was new, I forgot what it was called. But your right, a walnut comb. Sorry.

    Marie
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by