Help Me Identify Silkie Chick Sexes!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AthamGI, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. AthamGI

    AthamGI Out Of The Brooder

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    EDIT: Can someone move this to Breeds? I messed up the placement...

    I just bought five silkie chicks from a friend. They are a mixed bunch, from Murray McMurray, probably splash, white, gray, and black. Also added in the mix were two chicks who had trouble walking. They couldn't rehabilitate them, and so I took them. I need help identifying their sexes. I picked the ones who looked most like hens...

    They are all 1 1/2 months old.

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    The White/Splash Silkie
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    I took a second look at him/her, and I'm inclined to think this might actually be a cockeral.

    Blue/Gray
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    I most certain that this one is a pullet.

    This one is loud...haha Gray Silkie
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    Gray/Splash Silkie?
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    Partridge? Crippled, same age as the others, but ten times smaller...
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    Black Silkie
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    Black, Crippled, no head tuft. Possibly a mutt...

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    Any help would be appreciated! I'm just hoping I don't have all-cockeral.
     
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  2. vfem

    vfem Yoga...The Chicken Pose

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    I'm completely unsure. I was told my 2 may be a hen and cock. However, I do not see the difference. I did find good advice here, I'm sure someone is much better at calling it!
     
  3. edster951

    edster951 Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK I'll stick my neck on the line here...

    I think they are pullets, except the last one...the mutt, I think he a cockerell.

    Should see some comb and wattle development at this age.
     
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're all pure silkies, they're just pq. the colors look like blue, black, splash, and the "partridge" looks more like a grey, but without seeing the bird's body, it'll be too hard to tell for sure.

    The splash looks like a cockerel

    The next two blues look like pullets

    The third blue looks like a cockerel

    The grey may be a cockerel

    The first black may be a pullet

    The second black is a cockerel

    Silkies in particular are usually very hard to sex at a young age. You need to give it more time to be positive, sometimes up around 7 months. Post more pics in a month or so [​IMG]
     
  5. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have silkies and in my experiences, these little ones are too young to try and guess. I usually can not be sure of mine until around 4 months of age. They are cuties though!
     
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  6. AthamGI

    AthamGI Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks very much! You'll be hearing from these guys in a month or two!
     

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