Is she a Roo???

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by kourtneyo, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. kourtneyo

    kourtneyo In the Brooder

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    I have a black silkie that hatched in June that I thought was a pullet until I saw her mount another pullet (white cross breed) yesterday. The reason I thought it was a she is because she makes the same 'Brock Brock Brock' noise as the rest of my hens and has never crowed. The black silkie and the white cross breed are at the very bottom of the pecking order and stay away from my other layers (white leghorns and red sex links). I recently put 3 new babies in a pen next to rest of them and 1 of them is definitely a roo, crows, puffs up, and protects the other 2 babies. How can I tell if my black silkie is a roo or not??
     
  2. ChirpyChicks1

    ChirpyChicks1 Songster 5 Years

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    I've read that it's pretty much impossible to sex a silkie. I think you're just going to have to wait. Welcome to the site!
     
  3. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Welcome to BYC. When possible post a picture of the silky in question.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

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    [​IMG] silkies are very difficult to sex before 4-5 mos. old - the fact that the silky mounts the other chick doesn't mean it is a roo(in hiding) it is also a display of dominance. Since you say she and the white chick are at the bottom of the pecking order - I think the silkie expects this to be an easy takeover. Then she gets to be the boss over somebody - probably a big ego boost for her (?)
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome!
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member 7 Years

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  8. kourtneyo

    kourtneyo In the Brooder

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    Here is my silkie in question...
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