New Member with a Silkie Gender problem...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Crilly23, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. Crilly23

    Crilly23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Good morning all, I just wanted to introduce myself and of course, as everyone a quick question. I have some backyard ducks and, more recently, chickens. I have a barred rock, dark Brahma and some silkies, and can't figure out if one of my Silkies is male or female. I will include some pictures of the one in questioning... if anyone can help me out that would be great! The pictures may know show enough detail, but he/she is a little hard to photograph as, unlike its brother (fairly certain on that one), doesn't like to be touched.
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    He/She is fairly timid, has a pretty full tail and head plumage. I'm thinking it may be a male though as it often chest bumps with my other silkie chick that I believe to be a male.. thoughts or suggestions?
     
  2. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Both sexes do the chest bump thing. Silkies are very difficult to sex before 4-5 mos. of age. You really need a clear, closeup of the head (showing comb) and facing the camera.

    Also a profile whole body shot. You might do better to post photos on the Silkie thread. Just put that in the search box and it should pop up.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D
     
  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Silkies are tough even when much older than your chick. Understand that both young pullets and cockerels chest bump and mock fight.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     

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