Black Silkies....thought I had all roos but wondering if one is a hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jenniescholl, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. jenniescholl

    jenniescholl Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I have 3 black silkies 3 1/2 mos old. Two I am positive are roos, but there's one that has a thinner "poof" on top of its head that I think may be a hen? Or just a balder roo? She (he?) seems to have slightly smaller wattles and comb than her brothers. What do you think? The first two pictures are of the "hen" and the last two are of the roosters.

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  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I think you'll have to find them girlfriends. I believe they are all boys. My hens don't have the wattles nor that big of comb......[​IMG] but I'm no expert.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'd also have to say 3 roos. I have a year old girl with a comb about that size, but you can't see any wattles and you can only see the comb if she dunks her head into water. [​IMG]
     
  4. jenniescholl

    jenniescholl Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the input! It was the comb and wattles on the "hen" that made me second-guess myself. I have a buyer lined up for "her" but told him I wanted to make sure I was not selling him a rooster. Darn. :eek:
     
  5. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my 11 week old silkie girl (I hope!) has no wattles at all and a much smaller comb. i have three boys that have varying sizes of combs/wattles, but they all have something.
     
  6. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    I think there's a good chance that you have a girl in third picture.

    First, silkies are hard to sex no matter what, until they are around 6 months of age or more.

    Secondly you have non-bearded silkies, so the comb and wattles are going to be sizeably different than bearded silkies. So what looks like a rooster, could actually be a hen, because the larger combs and wattles on non bearded silkies is decieving.
     
  8. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
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    I was thinking pullet in that last pic, but then I had to go back, and saw that they're only 14 weeks old. I've never seen a silkie pullet, even a nb, with wattles that big at 14 weeks.

    Quote:The one in the third pic's comb looks pretty big for a pullet.
     
  9. jenniescholl

    jenniescholl Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow- now I'm really confused [​IMG] !!!! This is my first flock ever, too, so I'm still a newbie. I started out with 4 silkie chicks: 2 black, 2 blue. Our cat got one of the little blues when it was only days old. [​IMG] That was probably our only pullet! I guess I'll be on the safe side and hang on to him until I know for sure he's a hen- or not! For those of you that show, do silkie roosters make good show-guys?
     

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