At what age can silkies be sexed?

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

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    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 Songster

    Jul 31, 2007
    I would have to say a good 4-5 months.
  3. I didnt know for sure what mine were till they were around 5.5 months old.
  4. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    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. 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.

    NYREDS Crowing

    Jan 14, 2008
    Quote:That is my understanding as well.

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