Gender help: 3 young silkies

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickenmama22, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. chickenmama22

    chickenmama22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are these old enough to guess the gender?

    #1: Black silkie, about 3 months old. I think i see streamers (cockerel?)
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    #2 about 10 weeks old
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    #3 Also about 10 weeks old
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It is rather young to tell with Silkies, but only the top bird is looking cockerel-ish, IMO.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree. The third bird looks like a pullet.
     
  4. chickenmama22

    chickenmama22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, that's a start :) I thought the black one would be a pullet, then I looked at him one day and saw streamers! I'll try to add more pictures of these silkies in a month and see if we can tell. Silkies are so challenging to figure out!
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Silkies can be tough - don't be in a hurry to get rid of any of them.
     
  6. chickenmama22

    chickenmama22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, they are quite challenging! I think I'll raise 20 or more to make a 2014 flock!
     
  7. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    They can be tricky to sex. I agree with sourland-don't be in a hurry to get rid of them
     
  8. reckless

    reckless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I definitely think the first one is a roo but the others look like pullets. Wait a some time to be 100% sure though! I would never completely dub a silkie hen or rooster until I hear a crow or they squat and/or lay an egg! Or unless they look obviously male like my mean ol rooster, Albedo.
     
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