New to the world of chickens

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by shanewagner, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. shanewagner

    shanewagner Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2017
    Me and my wife just got 6 baby chicks this week and are excited to start our chicken raising. I do have a question about a silkie chick we got. I was wondering when you can tell if it will be a hen or roo?
  2. Leah567

    Leah567 Hopelessly Addicted

    Apr 3, 2017
    My Coop
    You can usually tell at about 3 months. Or when the female silkies stand they stand in a squatting position, but males will stand up straight. Do you notice that in your silkie?
    Good luck with your flock!
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Silkies are one of the most difficult breeds to sex before 4-5 mos. of age and sometimes not till they crow or lay eggs. THAT is the main problem with buying young chicks. You may want to ask on the "Silkie thread," and/or post at "What breed or gender is this."
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Hello from Kansas, shanewagner, and :welcome! Great to have you in our flock! Great advice by D'Diva. Best wishes and thanks for joining BYC! :)
  5. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    Hello and welcome to BYC - thanks for joining us [​IMG]
  6. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under shanewagner [​IMG] Welcome!

    I agree that Silkies are tricky to sex and yep, sometimes the first egg or first crow are the only way you will know for sure.

    This is a link to the Silkie Thread Diva mentioned:

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun.

    You might want to also pop in and say hello on your local thread: ‘Find your State’s thread.

    If you would like to share pictures and stories of your flock, you have come to the right place. BYC’ers never tire of these and do not back away slowly or commence eye rolling when the photo album or home videos come out [​IMG]

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