Is this a female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cdmadaio, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. cdmadaio

    cdmadaio Chirping

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    this is my 1.5 month old silkie chick luna. Does anyone know if she is a female?

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    When Luna was very little
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  2. AlleysChicks

    AlleysChicks Enabler

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    Silkies are difficult to sex early. Could you get a clear picture of it’s comb? Pull it’s crest back it expose as much comb as possible.
     
  3. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Hi, welcome to BYC! :frow

    I disagree about Silkies being as hard to sex as most people think they are.

    6 weeks is still a little young if I haven't watched them grow up and seen their behavior. Do you have any other chicks with Luna?

    But if I currently had to guess, I'm thinking male. Because that's where I usually see the swept back hair crest.

    Another 2-4 weeks and it should be VERY obvious. At that time post a pic of the comb with crest held back (as suggested by the other poster) and a side standing shot.

    Still zero waddles on a non bearded chick gives hope for female. :fl
     
  4. cdmadaio

    cdmadaio Chirping

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    Yes she is with other chicks. There are already 3 roosters in her flock and we will have to get rid of them sometime. She doesn't really have and comb development. We had a silkie before that turned out to be a rooster but looked much different than Luna and grew much slower. I really want Luna to be hen. Crossing fingers and hoping. I filled in her crest from the directions it was growing in and it looked very round but I'm not sure.

    This is our rooster at 4 months
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  5. cdmadaio

    cdmadaio Chirping

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    Here is what I got from filling it in

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  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    :lau That's a good one!

    Big difference between 6 weeks and 16 weeks.

    Ugh, I had one Silkie male who started trying to mate at 8 weeks old!

    Growing slower was probably a random thing for that boy. Mine are usually larger faster. But of course there is always variables since they are completely individuals even if from the same parent stock. Though I often find comb and waddle development to be a good comparison between sibling with the exception of late blooming boys. I have not yet mistaken a boy for a girl when young on my own flock. But I have given away a "boy" that turned out to be a girl. Very confident and pecky.. so I have had late blooming females in the Silkies or mistaken a girl thinking it was male according to behavior despite the lack of comb just figured it was a late blooming boy.

    In other words, it is often easy to pin point the males and sometimes harder to pin point the females. Interaction among your flock can be a good indicator. Although females will participate in some chest bumping, it isn't USUALLY as often as the boys.

    Anyways, I know I wasn't much help but at least go to share a little. My fingers are crossed for you and your chick as well! Cute pics. :love
     
  7. cdmadaio

    cdmadaio Chirping

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    Thanks. I really hope she's a hen.
     
  8. cdmadaio

    cdmadaio Chirping

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    Also, does anyone know the gender of this chick

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    It's a mut
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Much too young to sex silkies, and "filling in" the crest doesn't mean it will grow that way. Wishful thinking.
     
  10. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    With a big red comb like that, cockerel. Unless it's much older than I think.

    I agree with Diva that the filling in the crest was fun but no real indicator of what will or won't grow. :)
     

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