Black silkie - male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mrs MIA, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Can you tell from this photo if this almost-6 week old is a male or female? I've tried reading about how to tell the difference, but I just don't know.

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    What do you look for?
     
  2. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its too young to tell yet, sometimes you have to wait months with silkies before you can tell.
     
  3. Mrs MIA

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    Oh poo... I was afraid of that. I did notice that they take longer to mature than other breeds. I can usually tell at 6-7 weeks with the others. [​IMG] Oh well.
     
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    I feel your pain! [​IMG] I don;t know what mine is either and the waiting for it to do something other than be a fuzz ball is making me crazy! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  5. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the Silkie sex guessing game. It is very difficult to tell on most chicks, but I think your pictures are all I need to see to give you an experienced guess. I think you have a little girl there.

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  6. kaylakala

    kaylakala Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think silkies are he prettiest chickens I've seen on here so far.
     
  7. Mrs MIA

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    Thanks Tom! I'm going to put a little pink band on that chick, and I'll let you know if you're right! [​IMG] I have 3 black silkies, 5 white, and 1 blue, all the same age. What did you look at that suggested a girl?
     
  8. Mrs MIA

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    Quote:Did you see these... https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=47252
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    LOVE the first photo... such attitude! [​IMG]

    Guitartists: I hear you... they're all so adorable, too, but I remember waiting about 7-8 months before our first white silkie started laying. They're so quiet... we thought we had a male, and called her Elvis! [​IMG]
    Elvis now lays the prettiest dainty eggs. And she's a good broody, too.
     
  9. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The crest feathers are coming in in a straight up position; males usually curve backwards. The most defining characteristics is the comb. It is long from front to back (sort of skinny). On a male the comb it thick from side to side (sort of plump).
     
  10. Mrs MIA

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    That's what I was thinking. I didn't know about the crest, but the combs are pretty distinct already. I think we have two white males, 3 white females in the group. One black male, and two females... perfect!

    I actually caught (I think) one of the white silkies trying to crow this morning... at 6 weeks?! Time to get the breeder coops done, and get them out of the garage! [​IMG]
     

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