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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kmflamm, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. kmflamm

    kmflamm New Egg

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    I am new to raising chickens and have used this forum to answer the many questions that I have had. I purchased my first chicks on Good Friday of this year and got a couple of Silkies after that. I was able to distinguish the sex of my first chickens rather easy, however, it is more difficult for me to distinguish the sex of my Silkies. Below is a pic of them. The white one is 15 weeks old and the black one is 11 weeks old. I thought that the white one was a hen because it was four weeks old when I got the black one and it mothered it and still does, however, I sometimes think that it is showing some rooster characteristics. If anyone could give me their opinion about the sex of these two chicks I would greatly appreciate it.
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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] silkies are very hard to sex young - breeders usually wait till they are 4-5 mos.. The white one in the photo does seem to have a large comb for the age, so I am tentatively saying it's a cockerel. I can't really see anything on the black one. There are numerous silky threads on BYC, you might put "Silkie thread" in the search box, and post on any that appeal to you. Good closeups of head (showing comb) and profile of the birds would help a lot.

    Silkies usually make great mothers but, in many cases the males are empathetic also. By the way, they are beautiful young birds
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, kmflamm, and [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Handsome pair of birds!!
     
  5. kmflamm

    kmflamm New Egg

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    Thanks for the info. I will definitely try posting on one of the silkie threads. The silkies are my "babies". They follow me around everywhere. I am definitely wanting to get more. They are so sweet. I will have to take a profile pic tomorrow. The black does not really have much of a comb.
     
  6. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     

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