Help to sex silkies

LaitonLintu

In the Brooder
Nov 25, 2018
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Hi everyone, I'm hoping some more experienced chicken keepers can help me sex my silkies please :) :)
They were bought at a auction, sold as females. I'm assuming maybe 3-
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4 weeks old? I am fairly new to this so any help is very appreciated.
 

L1sa

Songster
Jan 25, 2017
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South Australia
4 weeks is a bit too young to be sure, but you will start noticing differences at this age. I managed to sex my Silkies by about 5 weeks.

At that age, what you're looking for is a larger flat wide comb and large legs/feet, and they would be the cockerels. It helps when you have a few of them because then you can compare. I only had 3 but 2 of them were males, so I actually noticed differences in the hen first, mainly that she was generally smaller than the other 2, had a smaller comb, head and legs/feet.

Mine are only 9 weeks now but here's a couple of pictures of leg comparisons.

This is the hen.
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Here's one of my boys,
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The boys legs always remind me of dinosaur legs for some reason!
 

LaitonLintu

In the Brooder
Nov 25, 2018
4
3
11
4 weeks is a bit too young to be sure, but you will start noticing differences at this age. I managed to sex my Silkies by about 5 weeks.

At that age, what you're looking for is a larger flat wide comb and large legs/feet, and they would be the cockerels. It helps when you have a few of them because then you can compare. I only had 3 but 2 of them were males, so I actually noticed differences in the hen first, mainly that she was generally smaller than the other 2, had a smaller comb, head and legs/feet.

Mine are only 9 weeks now but here's a couple of pictures of leg comparisons.

This is the hen.
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Here's one of my boys,
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The boys legs always remind me of dinosaur legs for some reason!
All of their feet look the same to me though lol
 

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