When raising silkie chicks, I understand that it very difficult to sex them until they either start crowing or one lays an egg. However, I've been able to distinguish who was starting to look like a cockerel early on in the past with my first batch of silkies and was wondering if anyone else has ever witnessed this as well. I hatched 5 silkie chicks this summer, 3 of which I kept. they were two splash silkies and a blue. The two splash hatched June 14th so they will be 13wks this coming Friday and the blue hatched July 6th. I've been waiting for these splash silkies to grow out because if I have at least one pullet I intend to keep it for breeding purposes. In the last two weeks they have been developing nice looking crest feathers, tail feathers, etc. However, when I took them out of the coop one day to get a closer look to see if there was any comb development, I noticed one had some teeny tiny red wattles. I took the other one and I saw nothing. Earlier this week I took them out again, one still have the red looking wattles and the other didn't quite have wattles, but had a reddish color where the wattles (if any were to come in) would be. Is this an indicator that these two are in fact cockerels? I've looked at my other silkie hens and they have no wattles whatsoever. So I'm assuming that if a silkie chick were to be a pullet, then there would be no sign of wattles at all. Thoughts??