Do Silkie cockerels have spurs???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jkl79, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. jkl79

    jkl79 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am trying to sex my two, 5 month old silkies and am so confused. I think they're something different every day! Neither of the birds have spurs and don't even seem to have little spur buds. Do Silkie cockerels/roos generally have spurs? Please help!
     
  2. Pinenot

    Pinenot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine have very small ones. The way you could tell at 5 months is by the feather streamers coming out of the back of the head.
     
  3. jkl79

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    Neither seem to have streamers starting but one does have large-ish wattles and a larger comb. I'm so frustrated!
     
  4. Pinenot

    Pinenot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you see waddles or comb, you have a roo. None of my girls have combs or waddles.
     
  5. jkl79

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    Any comb at all means a roo? One seems to be a pullet but does have a small comb. It looks like I need to post some pictures! Thanks for your help!
     
  6. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    Here's my roo..... you can see how big and plump his comb is and how his head feathers lean back instead of up and out....

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    The females (I don't have one or I'd post a pic) have poofier heads and smaller combs.
     
  7. jkl79

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    Thanks for the pic! Does your roo have spurs or the beginnings of them? Pretty sure I've got one roo and one hen. Maybe I'll be hatching out my own buff silkie chicks in the next few months? [​IMG]
     
  8. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Our silkie roo didn't get spurs until he was almost a year old. And even then they were barely 1/2 an inch long. But he was wicked at flogging due to the 5 toes and strong wings. He lives on a farm now...
     
  9. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

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    Smaller than the smallest thorn on a rose bush [​IMG] Barely more of anything than what my pullet has.... though, they are pokey instead of smooth.
     
  10. jkl79

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    Thanks for your input! I love you photographs. I too am becoming addicted to these fluffy babies (all breeds!) much to my husband's dismay. There's only so much room in the backyard after all! [​IMG]
     

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