Crazy Silkie colors! Does that mean it's a Roo?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by OmAnNom, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. OmAnNom

    OmAnNom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a black Silkie that is going on 3 months. S/he has gold feathering in the neck, beautiful dark purple in the wings, and dark peacock green through the tail. It is increadibly beautiful, but although the colors are very vibrant, you can't see them in every light, so I haven't been able to really capture it with my camera- s/he just looks black on film.
    Does this bright color indicate a Roo? Or is it just indicative of the breed for both male and female??

    Also, s/he "barks" like the dog, instead of bok like the other hens - is that normal? It is no louder than a bok, but it's such a strange noise.
     
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  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Last night as I was down at the horse stalls talking to a neighbor and watching the chickens I have there settle in the the night, one was making noises that I swear sounded like the oinking of a pig! If you post a photo, we can possibly help determine gender, but at 3 months, it is probably way too early.
     
  3. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I have one Marans pullet that honks like a goose! A picture would surely help here [​IMG]
     
  4. OmAnNom

    OmAnNom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope you can see the colors...honestly, the picture doesn't do it justice.
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  5. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a silkie like you describe, and photos look nothing like HIM either!
    HE barks like a dog, its soooo funny! hes about 4 and a half months old...
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Yep, that is a boy.
     
  7. OmAnNom

    OmAnNom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since we're so new to chickens, and especially silkies, can you tell me how you tell the difference in sex?? Also....I'm going to pretend I didn't hear you say my Ann is a boy [​IMG]
     
  8. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a hen/pullet has a lot more saddle feathering, almost covering the tail
    a hen does not have much or any purple in the wing, or green/blue in the tail feathering(only in black, sometimes blue)
    hens have shorter, neater tail feathering
    the crest in a male is more swept back and smaller, than that of a hens pom-pom like crest
    the cockerel/cock stands taller and prouder than the hen/pullet
    the cockerel/cock has longer legs than the hen/pullet
    the hen/pullet will not show as much gold in the hackle as that of a male(only in black, sometimes blue)
    the cockerels tail is held higher than the hens/pullets
     
  9. OmAnNom

    OmAnNom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much! Very informative! My husband and I have both had our suspicions about baby Ann since day one, and the coloring was just too much. Now...what to do with my baby!? Of course, HE is my favorite & I can't imagine parting with him!

    Too funny others bark, oink and honk!!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Brandon97

    Brandon97 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my black silkie pair bark or honk all the time! dont know why!
    how many silkies do you have??can you keep cockerels?how many have you already got?
    silkies aren't loud, good or frequent crowers, its more of a quiet version of a scream, unless you have another cockerel, as they seem to be copy cats and copy the 'head' cockerels' crow, one of my silkie roos copied my RIR, i got rid and hes gone back to being quiet, so up to you whether to keep or not
    (by the way i was getting rid anyway because he was aggressive and not to shut my silkie up)
     

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