Blue Bell the silkie; he or she?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by deco, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. deco

    deco Out Of The Brooder

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    So I bought 3 silkies locally from a really great old guy who is crazy about them. I have the sneaking suspicion that Blue Bell, unlike her sisters Deco and Queenie Puff Puff might be a dude.
    I spent the morning diving into silkie sexing topics in the forum but I am still not sure. Maybe she is just ugly? Thoughts my fine chicken loving friends?

    ETA: She/he is around 7 months old.

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  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

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    Sure looks like streamers to me, which means roo. Silkies are so hard to sex, though. Give it a little longer.




    My vote is roo.
     
  3. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    looks like a rooster and in the 2nd pic it looks like 2 roosters there
     
  4. deco

    deco Out Of The Brooder

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    I think my suspicions have been confirmed. I knew there was something different about "her". This evening "she" was downright aggressive too, when I was trying to handle one of the other silkies. She is the only chicken that has pecked me out of our 13.
     
  5. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Hmm. It looks to have streamers, but hardly any comb..... but then, the comb is pretty pink.
    Sorry, but i'd have to say boy on this one, but that's not for sure. [​IMG]
     
  6. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hard to tell. Could be a hatchery quality silkie pullet with a bad attitude. 'Her' comb and wattles are smaller than my 4 month old silkie pullet's were and her tail isn't extremely roo-ish. I had a blue silkie pullet that looked and acted more like a boy than yours at 4 months but she was just the dominant hen and hatchery quality (which I found out after I gave her back). I'd say hatchery quality pullet but you never can tell for sure with silkies [​IMG]

    'She' could just be a late blooming boy so if s/he starts developing a big red comb and wattles you have a boy.
     
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  7. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I can't tell on silkies but had to say I love the name "queenie puff puff" [​IMG] ..
     
  8. ScaredOfShadows

    ScaredOfShadows Chillin' With My Peeps

    If these are recent pictures and Blue Bell is around 7 months old - then its a pullet. Why? because the comb is VERY small, even my hens have a bigger comb that your girl does...ALSO she appears to be beardless or nearly beardless, and beardless silkies even the girls get wattles, but small ones, and they usually don't bloom till they start to lay...So if this is a 6+ month old beardless silkie - its either a girl for sure or a SUPER late bloomer boy....Beardless silkies are much easier to sex than bearded, because they get noticeable wattle growth, especially the boys...But I say shes just a 'hatchery' type silkie. I have some hatchery girls who have a very slicked back small crest, but are mean arse hens who are the best broody mamas.

    I see absolutely nothing in this bird that says boy to me, except what I'm figuring everyone is thinking the crest's slicked back look are streamers, and the pink in the comb...but pink combs is pretty common in hatchery offspring, and silkies aren't supposed to have pink/yellow skin...if it was a male at 7 months I'd expect it to be turning red in this bird.
     
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  9. snipercp

    snipercp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well this is my roo at around the same age/ maybe a bit younger so i think your birds a pullet.

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  10. Shayna

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    It does look like a cockerel would at about 4 months old.... however I see you say it is about 7 months old. The comb is usually a lot bigger by that time. That's a tough one but I'd lean toward pullet if the age is accurate.
     

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