6 Week Old Silkie Hen or Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Feathers1984, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. Feathers1984

    Feathers1984 New Egg

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    I have a 6 week old bearded buff silkie chick. Up until recently I was thinking he/she looked more like a hen. However, the last two mornings, he/she has made a very suspicious noise in the morning...resembling a pathetic crow. I have read that some hens can crow but it's rare, the other thing is it's age, should it be crowing (or trying) already at 6 weeks if its a rooster? The other thing I noticed is that the comb is looking a bit more pronounced now, reddening in color also towards the top of it. The breeder I got it from said that his buffs tend to have the reddish comb regardless of sex since they are not show quality, so I dunno about that. I have 3 other older silkies and none of them have these qualities I'm noticing with this one. I posted three photos of he/she, they appeared to have gotten their crest wet so I attempted to blow dry it a little for the photos lol. Any guesses would be appreciated!

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That red in it's comb makes me think rooster at that age.
     
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  3. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is still way too early to tell, but I agree. I think it is a young rooster too.
     
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  4. pineapple416

    pineapple416 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great pictures! I agree that it is a little early to tell, but I am pretty sure that it is a cockerel. Crowing is a little early, but possible. Bantams tend to mature faster than large fowl, and crowing between 2-3 months is normal. One of our hens used to crow, but only for a little while when she was 1-2 years old.

    Here is a picture of my Silkie cockerel when he was this age...

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  5. Feathers1984

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    Thanks so much for everyone's input thus far! He/she did not try to "crow" this morning....yet. I'm still really hoping for pullet, but I know it's not looking good.
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Normally I would say 6 weeks is way to young to tell for silkies. But that comb is almost as pronounced as my 6 month old girls who are laying already. [​IMG]

    I have heard of a cockerel trying to crow as young as 4 weeks even though it's rare. I have some 20 week old SF that aren't crowing yet. [​IMG] In fact, my bantam WCBP is more than 6 months old and hasn't tried to crow yet and is barely even starting to think about ladies.

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  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm leaning toward cockerel.
     
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  8. Feathers1984

    Feathers1984 New Egg

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    Well, the lil guy went a couple of mornings without trying to "crow" but this morning there he went again, just a couple of times. So, I think I have come up with a possible solution to our dilemma, which was not wanting a rooster due to the crowing. I have found a thread on here that talks about no crow rooster collars. I believe I will give these a try before resorting to rehoming him. It's worth a shot, he's a cute lil guy! I believe I will be trying to make my own since he's a little guy. Again, thanks for everyone's input! :)
     
  9. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    No crow collars basically strangle them when they try to crow, I personally don't see it as a good option for the bird.
     
  10. Feathers1984

    Feathers1984 New Egg

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    I appreciate your opinion oldhenlikesdogs, which you are entitled to, but I still think this is the best option for me and my bird. I plan on at least trying it out, as a lot of folks actually give it good reviews. I'll be sure to start a thread on it and give updates for others who may be interested in it.
     

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