Gender help?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by xLittleSilkieX, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. xLittleSilkieX

    xLittleSilkieX Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't know if my 4 month old silkie is a pullet or a cockerel... we thought she made a somewhat crowing noise the other day but she hasn't done it since.. [​IMG]
     
  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    I didn't know the gender of mine till i got eggs fromeach of them :p
     
  3. SnookumsGal

    SnookumsGal Out Of The Brooder

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    Jumping onto this thread. I have a 3.5 week old Cochin here. Was sold sexed, with a 95% accuracy rate. I've noticed that its feet have gotten rather large and has started comb development. I was hoping it was a pullet but the legs and comb have got me second-guessing. Any help?

    Also, this was sold as a silver-laced Cochin, but I'm not 100% sure if it's a full silver-laced, or if the colours are going to be mixed with others.
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    I have a Silkie that I'm unsure of as well, but I know I need to wait a few more weeks before it will be easier to sex by pictures. If anyone can help with my Cochin here it would be greatly appreciated!
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    That's not a Silver Laced Cochin, but a Silver Penciled Cochin. It's the same coloring as a Dark Brahma.
    With that black chest, it's a boy.
     
  5. chickenchick12

    chickenchick12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @xLittleSilkieX Silkies, I have heard, are really hard to sex because of their unique feather attribute. Could you maybe get a better picture? The one on here is kinda unclear. Maybe closeups of the head could help a bit... I really don't have much experience with Silkies but I will try to help all that I can.

    @SnookumsGal I think that your adorable Cochin is too young to tell, at least for me. I think it could go either way. As for the feathering, you don't really know what it will be like until they grow up, I have a week-old Polish who has similar feather patterns. Give 'em a couple of molts and then you can see what their feathers are like. Where did you get it from? Some places only give that 95% guarantee because they want the extra customers. And even truthful places can make the wrong sex on a chick.

    In a couple weeks it should be easier to tell with both of those cute little birds!

    ~chickenchick
     
  6. SnookumsGal

    SnookumsGal Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh the Silver Pencilled colouring makes sense. Still cute. :)

    I think the pictures are a bit misleading, Peridot (its name) actually has a yellow/white chest and the black colouring are feathers that continue onto her wings. Unless that part is still classified as the chest. haha I'm new to this chicken thing. :p
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    This is also a picture of Peridot from Feb 17th if that helps any.
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    That's alright. I know it's kinda young to tell but I thought I would try my luck with you chicken experts on this website.
    I got them from a local hatchery (local being the next city over, 25 minute drive). The guy seemed to know his stuff and he said 95% accuracy when it comes to sexing. This is my first time purchasing chickens so I'm not sure what to look for/expect. I believe it was just him and his wife who owned the little property and business, so it wasn't like a big company with lots of workers.
     
  7. chickenchick12

    chickenchick12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I haven't had any experience with small, local hatcheries. I am always using the big ones like Mcmurray and Cackle. It sounds like your chick has a pretty darn good chance of being a pullet, with 95% percent. Good luck with your little sweetie!

    ~chickenchick
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    That's the chest starting to feather in. It's a boy. Vent sexing is about 90%, but only if the person doing the sexing is very, very experienced. Mistakes do happen, though. Determining the gender of a tiny, day old chick by gently pressing around the vent is more of an art than a science. Remember, roosters don't have penises, so the differences inside the vent are extremely subtle.
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    x 2 Junebuggena's posts
     
  10. SnookumsGal

    SnookumsGal Out Of The Brooder

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    D:
    My parents are not gonna be happy. :(
    I don't think I can keep a roo around. They're being raised as pets. I was really hoping for a pullet.
    I understand mistakes happen and of course there's always that 5-10% error margin... but seeing as the guy I got them from genuinely seemed sure about the sexing and the fact that my Silkie I got along with it is 50/50, it is really disheartening because there's an even larger chance that my Silkie could be a roo, too.
    I'm already really attached. They like to chase after walnut treats I give them, and sit on my shoulder to nap.
     

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