male or female silkie?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by candyandcraig, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. candyandcraig

    candyandcraig Out Of The Brooder

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    This is Hotshot, one of my silkies. S/he's about five months old. I have suspicions that s/he's a male, but would like to hear what some of you more experienced flock-keepers have to say. Any ideas?
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like a pullet to me. The crest is rounded and puffy, the comb is small, I don't see any "streamers" in her crest, and she isn't standing too tall.
     
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with Wyandottes7--it looks like you have a pullet. Male Sillkies tend to be taller, have more slicked back crests and a larger comb, and have an overall more rough appearance. If "she" was a rooster, you would probably also see streamers (narrow feathers projecting from the back of the crest); I don't see any on your bird.
     
  4. candyandcraig

    candyandcraig Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the help, guys! I was really wondering, since she's been acting protective of the other silkie, and her crest turns up a bit at her comb.
    I'm glad I have two pullets after all. :D
     

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