My turn! Need a Silkie "s-expert"

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by wegotchickens, May 1, 2009.

  1. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    The babes are 8 weeks old. The blue one has cuckoo barring on the wings, but wouldn't hold still and let me get a good photo. The partridge was more cooperative...

    I'm guessing the partridge is a girl, am I right?

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    I think my cuckoo is a roo...
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  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    It may be a smutty buff, in which case it could be either male or female. If partridge it is male. (Female are penciled throughout; you will occasionally find one with a fairly clear breast, but the back and wings are always completely penciled).

    The one you call cuckoo doesn't look cuckoo to me--see how the hackle area seems lighter and more solid coloured? Anyways, for that bird I see no real evidence of gender male or female at this point.
     
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Thanks for the feedback.
    In real life the silkie is more red than shows in the pictures, with a dark undercoat.

    The blue only has the barring on the wings, but it's very distinct on the wings. It just wouldn't slow down for a pic and rain cut the photo shoot short.
     

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