Gender of Silkie/EE mix?

Violetsrblu

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I let my broody Silkie hatch a couple of eggs from an EE hen and Silkie rooster. They are 3 mos. old. I was pretty sure they were both cockerels and was going to rehome them, but an acquaintance who used to raise chickens told me that the solid grey is a pullet. Is he correct?
 

TaraBellaBirds

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I'm not that adapt at sexing Silkies, but just from the stance and feathering I would say your friend is right. The solid colored one just carries itself like a pullet, and the other is definitely giving you a rooster stink eye!
 

Violetsrblu

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Another thing that had me thinking the gray was male: they play fight a lot since they were 3 weeks old. They like to lower their heads, stare each other down for a while, then jump at each other several times. Do females fight like that? When my EEs were pullets, they occasionally bumped chests, but that was all.
 

donrae

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Can you get comb shots of each bird? The grey's not screaming rooster like the multi-colored bird, but it's hard to say pullet for sure from those pics.
 

PoultryQueen101

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I think rooster, you can see saddle feathers.
sorry to impede, but I have a chick of almost the same cross, I thought it was a he, then I checked saddles and they are round. Now he has a ridge of red where wattles would grow, so I am back to he.
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has a rather big comb. Is there a soley male gene to black chickens!? We have only ever had 1 black chick that was female

father was also a silkie, mother a lavendar ameraucana
 
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Violetsrblu

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Thank you for your answers! I found new homes for the guys and the farmer who took them is pretty sure the solid gray is a cockerel too.
 

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