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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jenniebean123, Aug 26, 2013.
These are my 2 silkies
These are my 3 speckled sussex
And these are my french black copper marans
Just guessing here going mostly by comb size, my votes are; The silkies the one on the left is a male, the right a female. The sussex the one in the middle female, the other two male. The BCM, both males.
What are they, about 2 or 3 weeks?
Right now, nobody has a reddening comb, so there is hope they could all be hens.
It can be tricky at this age, so usually it is more indicative at 6 to 8 weeks. Males will get larger redder combs pretty fast while the girls will feather faster.
Of the Speckled Sussex, the girls will get a "tear drop" shape while the boys will be stumpy and squattier.
There's a good sexing SS thread here on BYC which I found useful in sexing SS.
Here's one with good photos at 5 weeks of pullet and roo: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/531756/sexing-speckled-sussex
And a long thread about sexing SS: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ckled-sussex-gender-update-7-week-old-pics/20
I'm not as familiar with the Marans, but their combs don't scream male to me yet. If they are male, those combs will get big and red fast.
Wait a few more weeks and you should have much better indicators.
Lady of McCamley
EDITED TO ADD: I can't help with the Silkies...can't sex those yet.
I would say that all your babies are too young to sex. Post some more photos when they are 8 weeks old or so and have fully feathered.
All are supposted to be 4 weeks but the silkies are supposted to be about 8 now
I really think they're younger than that--they only have partial wing feathers and by four weeks they should be feathered except for the heads. And silkies are notoriously difficult to sex. There is a silkie sexing thread in this forum that could help.