Just can't figure this silkie out! Boy or Girl?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by NoseyChickens, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    this is my only silkie that has any kind of comb at all. I have not heard it crow but my son swears he has. He(?) would be about 5 months old. I asked about this oneon here before and got mixed results. Sorry the lictures aren't that fantastic, it's hard to get this bugger to stand still!



  2. sben451

    sben451 Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Anniston, AL
    I'm by no means an expert, but it looks like a pullet to me. It has the same style feathers around the head as my Silkie hens, and I see no "streamers" (longer wisps on the back of the head--sort of like a mullet hairdoo) that the roos usually have.
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    Quote:That was my first impression, as well.
  4. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Id like to say pullet, but my 6 month old pullet crowed yesterday:-( SO I rot at telling for sure!
  5. coloradochick

    coloradochick Songster

    Dec 19, 2007
    Brighton, CO
    Yep agree with sben and greenfamily, looks like a little girl [​IMG]
  6. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

    Apr 9, 2009
    New Tripoli PA
    Well, I just sold my splash because he looked like a pullet up until he was just six months old... Even posted pics of him on here afew times, and every one thought pullet... Then I was out one morning, and was watching my chickies, and out came a perfect crow from my little Splash baby [​IMG] He now has a wonderful home in CO, but I would have loved to have a silkie around just for the cuteness [​IMG] My point being, Splash matured pretty late, so just wait it out... My fingers are crossed for you!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. lurky

    lurky Songster

    Jun 4, 2007
    Western MA
    I think its a girl
  8. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    Out of five silkies, this is the only one that is not super puffy. Way smaller than the rest until just the last week or so. It likes to go up to the other chickens and flutter up in the air and kick then, which I have only ever seen my roosters do. Either way, I'm fine with it! I won't even have to change it's name! Itty Bitty isn't gender specific!!! LOL

    Thanks for taking a look and giving me your opinions! I really appreciate it.[​IMG]
  9. Critter Crazed

    Critter Crazed Chicken Cuddlin' Cheesehead

    Jun 22, 2009
    I would say pullet. And a pretty one. [​IMG]

    Editted to say: Uh oh, your silkie was fighting? The only silkies I had that fighted like that turned out to be roosters...
    Don't get your hopes up yet.

    Out of all my silkies, the suspected roos are much bigger than the rest. Their combs are getting reddish. There are some stringy hairs coming off of their afro on their head and they are fighting. My suspected roos have been fighting/play fighting since day one! And I don't think I've seen my suspected pullets fight once. But I've heard pullets do sometimes.

    Good luck. [​IMG] Just don't get your hopes up. I'm 50/50 on this bird now. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2009
  10. jossanne

    jossanne Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    Gila, New Mexico
    I dunno, but those tail feathers are looking suspiciously like my 6mo old silkie cockerel's tail feathers...

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