How do you sex silkies?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chichi56788, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

    373
    0
    119
    May 2, 2010
    Columbia, SC
    I have 2 2 month old silkies. 1 im pretty sure is a guy and the other is a girl, but how do I tell for sure?
     
  2. Rare Feathers Farm

    Rare Feathers Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Wait until one crows or lays an egg? [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
     
  3. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

    373
    0
    119
    May 2, 2010
    Columbia, SC
    Quote:Thats what I thought [​IMG] How old are they when they start to crow/lay eggs?
     
  4. Jasper_899

    Jasper_899 Out Of The Brooder

    88
    0
    39
    Jun 20, 2009
    Alaska
    Roosters usually get streamers:
    [​IMG]
    And hens have a more rounded crest:
    [​IMG]

    Hope this helps.
    I know for sure that one of mine is a hen, but she hasn't laid an egg for me yet and its been 8 months. Silkies are confusing.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    30,361
    150
    446
    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    DW thinks I need a pair of white silkies. I could also handle buff ones.... but alas I have too many chickens at the moment.
     
  6. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

    373
    0
    119
    May 2, 2010
    Columbia, SC
    Here is the picture of the chicks. Which do you think is the cockerel and which the pullet?
    [​IMG]
     
  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:The left one will probably end up being a male and the right a female. But they are still WAY WAY too young to be sure. Im just guessing by their appearances.
     
  8. chichi56788

    chichi56788 Chillin' With My Peeps

    373
    0
    119
    May 2, 2010
    Columbia, SC
    That is what I think too. Poppycock (left) is much more docile and Honeybee squawks like crazy when I try to pick her up.
     
  9. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    Quote:That's how I sex Silkies too, mostly by comparing crests.
     
  10. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    5,411
    19
    251
    Jun 17, 2009
    Oklahoma
    My Coop
    Quote:The left one will probably end up being a male and the right a female. But they are still WAY WAY too young to be sure. Im just guessing by their appearances.

    I agree.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by