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Chicken breeding question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Debs55, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Debs55

    Debs55 Songster

    So I have bred chickens before and understand a good but of it but now I'm in a predicament. I have been breeding white silkies for about 3 years. I started with 5 chicks. 4 ended up being roosters and I sold them. Then I bought 3 more chicks from a different breeder. One ended up being a rooster but I kept him. At this point I had 1 unrelated hen and 2 hens and rooster that were related. I let them hatch chicks with the intent to sell them but at the time didn't sell and one was a rooster. Now I have two roosters that both look alike so I don't know if I can tell them apart and I want to breed again. Will it be a problem?

  2. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    You look at spur size to see if you can tell which is the older boy? My 2 year old silkie rooster has some big spurs on him. His son's weren't anywhere near as big when he went to the soup pot at a year old.
  3. Debs55

    Debs55 Songster

    That's a good idea! I'll look tomorrow in the daylight
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
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    Then band one!

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