Anyone with an early guess? pic heavy

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JayDe, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. JayDe

    JayDe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 silkies who are 9 and 10 weeks old (hatch dates from Oct 5 and 14th). We are really hoping for 3 hens, but aren't sure and we know that we probably have to wait a few months, but its sooo hard to wait!

    We have noticed that our Partridge has a walnut looking comb and is bigger than the other one with the same supposed hatch date. The splash and blue have smoother combs, kinda what I think people have described as a thumbprint? I was just wondering if anyone could tell by their feathering. The blue fights with my orpington roo (same age) a lot and I believe it's the 2nd in command even though its the youngest with the Oct 14th hatch date [​IMG] They all have vaulted skulls and are from B. Porto's stock.

    Here are some pictures:

    Blue hatched 10/14/09, more aggressive than the others, small flat smooth comb. I know you can't really see them in the pics..I tried:

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    Splash hatched 10/05/09, very calm, smooth flat comb.

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    Partridge, hatched 10/05/09, not aggressive, scared easily, flaps a lot when picked up..constantly peeping. distinct walnut comb. His head feathers are all uneven right now so he looks funny [​IMG]

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    Also, how do they look....do they look like what they are supposed to at this age? I don't have any experience with silkies. Of course, they are beautiful birds to us, but who knows! [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     
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  2. pedro24

    pedro24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they look fine for how old they are
     
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Partridge looks like a cockerel, the other two I would "hazard" a guess at pullets. The blue I am leaning towards pullet, the splash? Tossup.
     
  4. lightbread48

    lightbread48 Out Of The Brooder

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    AWWWWWW! I have no idea what sex they are but they are soooooooo cute!!! awwww i just love lil silkie babies!!!
     
  5. JayDe

    JayDe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rodriguez: What makes it look like a cockerel v pullet in a silkie? Is it an overall look, something specific, educated guess? (based on what features?)

    Thanks to all who replied so far. I really want to learn how to identify them, so please respond with specifics as to what you are seeing! Most of the guesses I've seen on other posts did not have a statement of why they felt that way. I appreciate the help!
     
  6. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    On the partridge, he's got plumes coming in and he's "shinier" than a partridge female is.

    On the splash, it's possible that some plumes are already showing up. I've also noticed that male silkies tend to have less feather development over their eyes than the females who have a "ball" on their head. The males have an advantage of a "sweep" going on.

    Your blue one looks to have the "ball" instead of the sweep going on. Also, her comb is VERY well hidden, whereas the splash bird's is not.


    BUT, the splash is the only one I'm "iffy" on.
     
  7. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, the partridge looks like a cockerel, the blue looks like a pullet and the splash could go either way. The partridge has male coloration.
     

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