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5 week old silkie chicks hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SouthernBelles, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. SouthernBelles

    SouthernBelles Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 silkie chicks that are about 5 weeks old. I was told the are all hens but the older they get the more I'm thinking one if not all are roosters! Can anyone help me sex them? [​IMG]
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It's a bit early to be sure, but the white and the buff have a whole lot of comb for such young birds.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    ditto
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    I agree.
     
  5. BirdaMay

    BirdaMay Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm wondering the same about my white silkies. Since I wanted to end up with one pullet, I got 4 chicks. I also got 4 mille fleur d'Uccles, and at 3.5 weeks, I could get a good idea of who was who with them, but with those silkies, as hard as I try to scrutinize their combs and behavior, I just can't peg them. According to these factors, I might have 3 roos and one pullet! With the d'Uccles, I lucked out with 2 roos and 2 pullets. Even on the d'Uccles, you can feel the very beginnings of spurs on their legs. Not so much with the silkies, but that's one thing I will keep a keen eye on- the development of those spurs.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    spurs have little to do with gender , both sexes can have them(of any breed)
     
  7. BirdaMay

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    Thanks! Good to know! Maybe if my BlueEgg (the chicken egg that Birda hatched) turns out to be a hen (s/he's back at the farm where I got the egg), I can ask for her back. The lady said she has too many birds anyway... I was kind of heartbroken thinking BlueEgg was a cockerel, so it would be grand if I turned out to be wrong about that one!
     

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