Is this Silkie a boy or a girl??

silkiesRawesome

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 23, 2010
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I'm a first time chicken owner and I've had my silkie chicks for about a month now. They're 7-8 wks old. I know its still kind of early to tell, but just wondering what people's thoughts are about gender??

Also any tips on socialization?? They want nothing to do with me!
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These belong to my landlord and we'd love to know breed and gender opinions on them as well (horrible pics, sorry).
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Thanks!
 

Scubadeaux

Songster
9 Years
Apr 24, 2010
154
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South Louisiana
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Your babies are beautiful!! I wish I could help on your question. I am not sure but they may be still too young to tell who is what. But a lot of members her have a lot of great experience with Silkies..pretty new to them myself.

I have a 5 month old pair, and I really still do not know if they are roo or a hen?? My silkies are a bit skiddish, as are most birds. Spend time with them, just sitting with them and talking to them helps( I actually love it, kinda "someone to listen" lol) And of corse handle them as I know you are!! Treats never hurt..mine love ham, cheese and pasta! It can take some time, but as they grow you will find them more trusting. They are irresistible!
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As for the other pics, the black and white one in the top possible Barred Rock, the others I do not know, but they are really pretty!!


Welcome !!
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silkiesRawesome

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 23, 2010
20
1
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Thanks Scuba!
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Aren't they great?!? My first set of chicks and I already adore them! I guess we'll just have to wait and see who starts laying. Would love to see yours if you feel like posting pics!
 

suzettex5

Songster
10 Years
May 26, 2009
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California
Zuhal?

Those cuties look familiar!!!
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ETA- the black and white one looks like a barred rock, the one next to it looks like a black sex-link and the last one looks like a cross of maybe an easter egger and polish. Not sure on that last one though.
 
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suzettex5

Songster
10 Years
May 26, 2009
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California
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I did!! YAY!! I edited my last post, but I forgot to add that they look like hens to me (the land lords birds)

I need to do more reaserch on silkies myself, I think all mine are girls- but as a fellow BYC'er has in their signature line- "Until it crows, one never knows"!! I am paraphrasing that, so if I got it wrong, my apologies to the author.
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suzettex5

Songster
10 Years
May 26, 2009
1,327
15
163
California
I dont have pics up of my girls yet. I usually only post pics when I have an issue or question so I dont use up all the picture storage space. I really need to take some recent pics, all my chickens are getting sooo big!

What are your girls' names again?
 

Scubadeaux

Songster
9 Years
Apr 24, 2010
154
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101
South Louisiana
Or see who starts crowing!!
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This website is a goldmine of information. I never would have attempted to hatch my own eggs until...I found this place!! And somehow my chickens went from 8 to
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40...and still counting!!
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Tons of information, and great members...read all you can, the good stuff and the bad. I am hooked, have 6 Showgirl eggs in my homemade incubator ( again thank you BYC members!), and hoping for another good hatch!
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This is my most recent hatch, from my own flock, a bunch of mixes and mutts but we love em all
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Tiramisu

Got Mutts
12 Years
May 3, 2008
2,341
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Milan PA
Im just guessing. But for the black one, im assuming all 4 pics are of the same bird, is male. White one female, not sure on 6th pic, and the last maybe male.
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just guessing lol and going by what some people use to try and guess gender, males have the top feathers slanted back and females with a pom-pom poofy feathered head. But idk if it really works, just have to wait and see.
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I have 2 silkies at almost 3 months and I still have no idea what they are lol.
 

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