All Roos in my first flock of Silkies?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by SilkieGirl3, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. SilkieGirl3

    SilkieGirl3 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2014
    Hobart Indiana
    Hi everyone! This is my first day on the site. I finally joined because I am in desperate need of some of your expertise.

    I am the proud owner of a tiny group of 3 beautiful Silkies. I had begged my husband for them forever and he finally caved with the blessing of our neighbors since we aren't exactly supposed to have chickens in our area. Hence why I only have 3. [​IMG][​IMG]

    I had read and been told by many that Silkies are notoriously hard to sex. Right now my birds range in age from 6-8 months old. The dilemma is that now that they are getting to that telling age I am beginning to fear that 3 out of 3 are roosters. In an area where crowing is NOT a good idea. Just my luck.

    I am certain that at least one of my birds is a rooster. He crowed right in my face as I opened the coop last week! The other two have me unsure. There has been a bit of sparring between the certain roo and one of the others - nothing major, but some feather ruffling and facing off, chasing, jumping and circling, etc. Nothing serious, but still weird and mildly aggressive . The third Silkie (my favorite) was purchased separately and therefore has always been more aloof. She (he?) keeps to herself a bit but I have seen a small amount of similar interaction with the certain roo, but not as often. My fear is that things will inevitably get worse within the flock and someone will end up hurt.

    The only Silkie to have ever crowed is my certain roo, but I have read that this does not necessarily mean that the others are hens, right? I am suspicious that the lack of crowing from the other two is due to submission/pecking order stuff. My concern is that if I have Roos, they will have to go, but I can't have less than three birds for the good of my already too tiny flock. This means that if anyone has to leave they need to be replaced right away so everyone has a cuddle buddy this winter. (That is proving to be a whole 'nother problem- finding pullets this time of year, especially Silkies or other compatable breeds in the area!)

    Anyway, can anyone weigh in on whether it sounds like I have 3 Roos? I am so new to the chicken world and seriously love these "girls" but the crowing is not cool, given my situation. I know you don't get Silkies if you are after eggs, but I was hoping for at least a few here and there. I have a three year old daughter who is out there checking for them daily!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for the help!
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi Premium Member

    Mar 27, 2012
    My Coop
    Can you post some pictures for us to see? I also wanted to let you know that, if you think you want to keep a rooster but can't have crowing, they do sell collars now that drastically reduce the sound of a rooster's crow.
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  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Trying to ID birds without a picture is like shooting in the dark. Definitely post some pics on our What Breed or Gender is This? link that Mountain Peeps left you with and let our experts there take a look at them. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your Silkies.
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  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    Welcome to BYC, glad you joined us.

    Do post photos on bree/gender forum.

    Here's hoping the non-crowing are girls.
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  6. SilkieGirl3

    SilkieGirl3 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 14, 2014
    Hobart Indiana

    Okay everyone, pictures are up on the breed/gender forum. Hopefully i'll have an answer soon! Thanks for all of the help.

    Oh, and I did hear about the chicken collar! Anyone have good luck using it on their own rooster? I do think I will have to get one, especially if my black Silkie, Petunia, ends up a roo. She is just the sweetest, most docile bird and it would kill me to see her go. My three year old just adores her too. Of course there would be some renaming needed as well... [​IMG]

    Thanks again, everyone! Awesome first experience with the site. Should have joined months ago.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2014
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I answered your questions on your What Breed or Gender post. Good luck with them!
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  8. Lovere

    Lovere Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 3, 2014
    Birmingham, AL
    Oh, my!! They are so darling, who wouldn't want some of those!
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  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
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  10. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Good luck with your Silkies! I don't keep them so I can't be of much help. But I do know that yours is just adorable!!

    Enjoy your babies and welcome to our flock!

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