Easter Egger and Silkie HELP!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickenchichi, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. chickenchichi

    chickenchichi Out Of The Brooder

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    I need help figuring out the gender of two of my chicks, an Easter Egger and a Silkie both at two months. They're both favorites within our flock, so I'm really crossing my fingers they're pullets.

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    I know the front part looks red, but I think it may just be the contrast against the white. In reality it's more the color of the partridge feathers that are coming in on her chest and back.

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  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Need to know how old they are? If they are over 6 weeks I'd say the easter egger is a pullet and the silkie is a cockerel.
     
  3. chickenchichi

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    Like I said in the original post, they're both two months even
     
  4. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh, sorry I missed that. I see that now. I'd say the easter is very likely a pullet. And the silkie...I really think its a cockerel, going by the wide, heavy comb it already has. But its still possible its a pullet. Silkies are tough to judge as they are growing.
     
  5. HensAreTheBest

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    The E.E. is definitely a pullet, I'm thinking cockerel for the silkie. [​IMG]
     
  6. chickenchichi

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    It's fine! Yeah, the comb was really worrying me on the silkie, and it's as 'friendly' as my other cockerels too. But it's good to know the EE looks like a pullet, my little sister picked her out as a chick so naturally she's attached now.
     
  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It amazes me that some people say "How can you get attached to chickens?". And I say "How could you not!!"
     
  8. drumstick diva

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    It is awfully early for a silkie, maybe the chick will grow into that comb but, at this time it looks like a cockerel to me.
     
  9. chickenchichi

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    H! I went out to the coop this morning and Artist, the EE's, comb was this color. Does this mean she's more likely to be a cockerel? I can't see any peas on the comb, it's basically just a line, but I don't want to judge it based only on that.
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  10. Gray Farms

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    Since Easter Eggers are essentially cross breeds its possible she could have a single comb. There are general guide lines that Easter Eggers generally fall into, pea comb, slate legs, etc. But its not uncommon for Easter Eggers to be single combed and yellow legged either. At this age its common for pullets to start getting some red in their combs. If its a cockerel he's very slow developing. I'd say the chances are still very good that its a pullet.
     

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