Need help sexing silkie chicks :)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by noplacebo, May 19, 2009.

  1. noplacebo

    noplacebo Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all,
    I have two young silkie chicks, about 9 weeks old I believe. They are some kind of partridge silkie cross and weigh around 200g each at the moment.

    I believe at least one of them will be male, but i've never dealt with silkies before, or any chicks with anything but a single comb. Any help, opinions, advice etc would be greatly appreciated!

    This is moe:
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    And Scruffy:
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    both named by the young kids from our street [​IMG]

    More pics to come.. I am really interested in opinions on the sex of scruffy. It is the less dominant of the pair, smaller comb, but only two to compare so i'm lost!

    Thanks.
    Chris.
     
  2. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I may be wrong, but from what I'm reading on this forum is that Silkies are hard to sex and you really don't know for sure until they are close to 6 months old.
    Hopefully someone else will respond.
     
  3. noplacebo

    noplacebo Out Of The Brooder

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    I tried vent sexing them from the pics on this site, but the vent is so dark in colour i'm still not sure. They actually appear to both be female, but I'm not willing to go on that alone.
     
  4. noplacebo

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    Scruffy standing up. Looking for mo..

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  5. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    Way too soon to tell. With mine, I couldn't usually tell until about 4-6 months.
     
  6. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are both partridge cockerels. Hatchery cockerels are often easy to identify early on as in most cases, their combs develop much more rapidly than the pullets. Better quality birds can be far more difficult to sex at such an early age.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    I agree--both cockerels--the feather patterns are typical of partridge males.
     
  8. noplacebo

    noplacebo Out Of The Brooder

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    wow, thanks for your replies. guess that confirms it.

    any advice on these guys? our neighbours have a flock of large silkie x hens.. maybe they could take an extra boy.. i'm not sure i really want their genetics in the rest of my flock!
     
  9. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wish you lived close to ky, I am looking for a young partidge roo... [​IMG] noone seems to have any for sale at this moment. [​IMG]
     
  10. Drivegirl54

    Drivegirl54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm also leaning towards cockeral. Of course, I have a 7 week old who sprouted wattles over night that I was sure was a pullet. They have the same coloring pattern as him. Maybe you'll get lucky and know for sure soon.
     

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