At what age can silkies be sexed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by vermontgal, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I know they are often unsexed at the hatcheries, and that they are hard to sex. How old do they need to be before it's somewhat reasonable to tell? Thanks.
     
  2. siz8003

    siz8003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Fitz.,NH
    I would have to say a good 4-5 months.
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I didnt know for sure what mine were till they were around 5.5 months old.
     
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I think it's when they start to crow or lay eggs.
     
  5. Majestic Lane Poultry

    Majestic Lane Poultry Heart Strings Animal Rehoming

    Feb 9, 2009
    I band mine and make notes along the way. Over time you will get better at it and know sooner. I have never had to wait until one crows but sometimes I wait to hear it crow or not to confirm my suspisions. [​IMG]
     
  6. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I used to say the same thing... but I've got a three month old splash chick crowing in the back... I think I heard him this morning, but I'm sitting outside the room listening to see if I heard what I think I heard.

    Althought a crowing 3 month old is a HUGE exception to the rule. On average, you wont be able to sex a Silkie until 5 to 6 months, sometimes maybe even longer.
     
  7. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:That is my understanding as well.
     

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