Confirm the sex of these 2 silkies please!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by gritsar, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Please excuse their awful haircuts. It was the first time I've ever given a chicken a haircut. [​IMG]
    These two are now 5 1/2 months old. A few months back I was told pullet on both of them. Still not sure. No egg or crow from either of them. They are hatchery quality and that's fine by me.

    This is Ellie Mae (she barely has any wattles and absolutely no comb, she showed earlobes much earlier than Jethro):

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    This is Jethro (wattles recently getting bigger, dark flat comb):

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    What's confusing me further is that Jethro stays with the rest of the flock, including the alpha cockerel, while Ellie Mae avoids the flock and the alpha.

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  2. chicky2009

    chicky2009 Out Of The Brooder

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    silkies are hard to tell the sex but im pretty sure they are hens.[​IMG]
     
  3. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    Ellie Mae- hen
    Jethro- Roo
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Thanks and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]


    I forgot to mention that Jethro and Ellie Mae fight each other alot. I've never known a pullet to fight a cockerel, but I guess it could happen? [​IMG] If they are both of the same sex, their fighting would make more sense.
     
  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I have one little partridge hen who will attack just about anybirdy who looks at her or comes into her territory (which is the size of my yard [​IMG] ) SHe is as likely to take on a boy as a girl; maybe more so.

    Really too young to be certain, but I am going to guess buff pullet. Absolutely uncertain on the black. Without their haircuts it might have been easier to tell.
     
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Thanks y'all.

    Before the haircuts, Jethro had much more of a round "cotton ball" than Ellie Mae did. He/she looked adorable, but couldn't see a dang thing, so sadly it was haircut time.
     
  7. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    Jethro has a very big comb & wattles for his age. Hence, male. [​IMG]
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Grasping straws here....could Jethro's sudden comb and wattles (I swear they were barely there a week ago) mean that it is a she, just one that's close to laying? [​IMG]
    They will be six months old on the 9th of December.
     
  9. Funky Feathers

    Funky Feathers former Fattie

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    I really doubt it. I bought what was supposed to be a pullet from a reputable breeder, and at that same age he looked a lot like your boy. See pic:

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  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    *heavy sigh*

    I don't know why I want Jethro to be the pullet so bad, but I do. Probably cuz Jethro is cuddly and Ellie Mae hates to be handled. [​IMG]
     

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