How do you tell showgirl gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JenO, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. JenO

    JenO Out Of The Brooder

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    I got this critter as a chick (prolly 2-3 weeks according to the lady that gave it to me) the first week of September. It's not crowing yet so I take that as a good sign, and of course it's not laying yet either. I have no idea what to look for on a showgirl.

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  2. JenO

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    here's one more, I didn't realize the front shot was so blurry.

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  3. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I am no help since I have one also I can't tell that's about the same age. Mine doesn't have any wattles yet tho that I can see! Might be a bit young yet to tell for sure, but if I had to guess on yours I'd say boy due to those wattles.. Here's mine, born august 17th! I can't tell what mine is yet but it acts like a boy. [​IMG]

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  4. JenO

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    Well I hope you are wrong, as I can't keep a rooster in town. Maybe he'll be a quiet one. [​IMG] I've kinda suspected boy for a while as he's tried to jump on my hens a couple of times.

    Yours is way cuter than mine. [​IMG] But I'm still happily proud of my ugly bird.
     
  5. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Mine acts very pushy and chatty, but has not yet started trying to get with the ladies, so I'm still hoping for a pullet. However, I think mine is probably a roo. If yours is doing all that at the same age as mine, with those wattles I am guessing roo also but keep in mind I'm not even close to an expert!
     
  6. Crickett B

    Crickett B Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As you both can tell, I am newer than ya'll....but I have to ask, what type of chickens are those?
    They remind me of Silkies, but the necks have no feathers? Or is that how a teenage Silkie looks?
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  7. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Hi,I have a good ideal what the showgirls are but I'll let the ppl that "really"know explain.I just want to say I went on your page and love your frizzled roo!A;; your roos are beautiful.
     
  8. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I believe they are silkies that carry a naked neck gene. Now how you get that, I don't know. Mine just popped out of a silkie lot of eggs I bought from another BYC'er. [​IMG]
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Showgirls are a silkie crossed with a naked neck and bred back to silkie. Silkie feathering does not come until the 2nd generation. An early generation showgirl is not nearly as nice as one that is 10 or 15 generations (or more) into development,

    Silkies develop much later than many other breeds, so do not expect to tell easily until the bird is at least 6 months old. Maybe you will be surprised and learn earlier, but do not count on it. It could also be much later. Wattles and comb are no clue for either silkies or showgirls (usually).

    While a male showgirl will not display streamers on its hackle (as the hackle feathers are not present [​IMG] ), you should see some at the back of the crest. Type and size are considerations, but you need to compare to other showgirls of the same age.
     
  10. JenO

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    Quote:Thanks Sonoran Slikies! Good to know all hope is not lost. The mounting behavior was only shortly after I started integrating 'her' into the rest of the flock so I'm still hoping it was just pecking order behavior. I won't be able to compare since I've only got the one (my others are BSL and EE)
     

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