My very 1st Silkie :)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BelenFamily, Feb 22, 2015.

  1. BelenFamily

    BelenFamily Out Of The Brooder

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    We brought home 5 little chicks and one of them is a Silkie (my favorite so far). Since my silkie is only about 2-3 weeks old I know we can't tell if it's a hen or rooster yet and frankly it wouldn't matter, I fell in love at first sight so there is no way I will be getting rid of it turns out to be a roo.

    Since we didn't see the Silkies parents we're not sure how he/she would look like. I'm sure my silkie will grow to beautiful, just look at these markings :) I wanted to know if anybody had similar looking silkie chicks and what do they look like now.
    And are all Silkies very calm and docile? I think of all 5 chicks we got my silkie is the calmest one and is always hiding when the others play too rough. Again about 2-3 weeks old.

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  2. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm not there holding the feathers in my fingers, so I can't say for certain, but in the photos it appears your chicks is growing in normal feathers and is a Silkie cross rather than a full Silkie. (Still will be a sweet and pretty bird no matter what).

    Hard to say at this stage, but I think you are seeing on the wings the patterning that will develop on the bird itself...a black and white partridge effect.

    Very pretty chick.

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  3. AlwaysForever

    AlwaysForever Out Of The Brooder

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    My silkies are around the same age and look very different. They are not getting feathers in like yours nor have similar markings. I have a to say yours looks to be wearing mascara and liner. Too cute!
     
  4. BelenFamily

    BelenFamily Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you and yes I love the eyes too :) But now I have to find out what my Silkie is mixed with..
     
  5. autumnhearth

    autumnhearth Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gorgeous! I agree she's a silkie cross :) I say "she" because of the eyeliner and stripes on the back. Do you know if she had a stronger V shape on her head when she was younger? Those are all signs of a wild type or partridge pattern being female. I think she's going to be stunning. Keep us updated!
     
  6. BelenFamily

    BelenFamily Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you autumnhearth I hope it's a "she" and no I don't know if she had a strong V shape on her head, we just brought her home last Monday.
    I did take some more closer photos though. Thanks again :)

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  7. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless it is a breed that is auto-sexing by color type that includes a crisp "v" on the head and dark eyeliner, like a Welsummer, it won't make any difference as to gender...and since you've got a mixed breed bird there, it won't tell you anything.

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  8. BelenFamily

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    Thank you @Lady of McCamley I will be sure to photos photos as it grows older
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I agree it's not a pure silkie (sorry) but it's a darling little chicks, and does look to have a silkie parent. Those cool silkie feathers are recessive, so a first generation cross looses them, but you still get the feathered legs, fifth toe, black skin, crest and sometimes beard. As far as color, I'm thinking it looks like a silver partrigde-ish. should be a very striking bird when mature, no matter the gender.
     

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