How old is this silkie?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by PhoenixPharm, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. PhoenixPharm

    PhoenixPharm Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone tell how old this silkie may be? I was told he/she was a week old when I go it which would make it 5 weeks old now. The large buff/blue orph is supposed to be 7 weeks as is the black sex link but as you can see the buff/blue orph is a lot bigger s I am having trouble knowing their true ages. I would like to keep them outside full time but not sure if the silkie is big enough. It gets as low as 60 at night right now but 80+ during the day.....[​IMG]

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    any advice?
     
  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Overrun With Chickens

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    Comparing a large breed buff orpington to a little silkie is like comparing apples to oranges. Your silkie will always be much smaller than the BO. The silkie appears to be getting pretty well feathered out now so I would say that it should be alright to turn her out..
     
  3. PhoenixPharm

    PhoenixPharm Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the reply. I was comparing the black sex link to the buff. Are buff's a lot larger because they are supposed to be the same age
     
  4. PhoenixPharm

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    At what age can you 100% know if it's male of female? I'm still not sure!
     
  5. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    I used to say 8 weeks, then I have had to swap with people that I sold "hens" to. I have white, non-bearded silkies, and some of them are obvious at around 8 weeks, but if they have smaller combs it can be tricky. I stopped selling them until I was absolutely certain, and that's getting closer to 12-14 weeks. If the rooster has a more fluffy head and smallish comb, they can fool you
     
  6. PhoenixPharm

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    It's head keeps molting and it gets spikey for awhile then goes back to a puff ball! Guess I'll know when he/she either crows or lays eggs :)
     
  7. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    My guess from your picture is hen, based purely on the lack of wattles, but I have been wrong many times before
     

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