Need help sexing my cuckoo silkies

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Meara, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    These guys are approximately 16 weeks old now. I think I have two girls and a boy, but these are my first silkies so I'm not positive. Also wondering if they are good looking silkies? Just average? Butt ugly? [​IMG] I think they are darling, but I may be just a tad prejudiced. [​IMG]


    Chick #1 the biggest of the three
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    Chick #2
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    Chick #3
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  2. minihorse927

    minihorse927 Whipper snapper Premium Member

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    I am just taking wild guesses as I am still figuring out the silkie sexing game, esecially on 16 week olds. My guesses are as follows.
    #1 cockerel
    #2 pullet
    #3 not sure
    Would like to see dead on view of face, so we can see comb size and also side profile if possible.
     
  3. NixNoodleNumbat

    NixNoodleNumbat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2011
    Australia
    I agree with mini horse
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Cockerel
    Pullet
    Pullet, but not 100% sure
     
  5. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    I agree with sundown. they look good so far it is really hard to get dark skin on a cuckoo, breed them to a really good black to improve the type. I love the cuckoos
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  6. Seeing Silkies

    Seeing Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 - roo
    2 - hen
    3 - hen - maybe LOL

    look at #1 size roo get bigger faster ( if all the same age )
    Look at his neck feather as they get near his back they should be long and flowing on to his back
    when looking at a hen they are not long flowing


    not the best pic but the buffs in the front left is a hen right is a roo see how the neck feathers flows..
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    hope it helps I know how it is a guessing game they take so long to show there sex
     
  7. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    I agree, roo hen and hen. [​IMG]
     
  8. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's another pic of #1, the probable roo. All three hatched together and if it's any help chicks 2 and 3 hatched with vaulted skulls and #1 didn't. I read somewhere that females are more likely to have the vaulted skull. Not sure if that is true??? These are black cuckoos, not blue aren't they? The father was blue, but I think the mother(s) were black.

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  9. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1-roo
    2-pullet
    3-roo
     
  10. Iheartchicks<3:)

    Iheartchicks<3:) Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2010
    Mount Vernon, WA
    Quote:Agree
     

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