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On Silkies, how do you tell if they are boys and girls when chicks?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Shared Acres, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Songster

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    Curious.

    Pics would be helpful.
     
  2. goldensunriseranch

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    Practically impossible. Even experienced silkie breeders are only making an educated guess until it crows or lays an egg.
    Unless a rooster starts showing some streamers in his crest, but that is probably around the same time as crowing anyway.
     
  3. i agree, it is very difficult. You can guess at around 3-4 weeks, but i have been wrong many times at that point. Maybe at 7 weeks the roos will start to show themselves. But then there are those slow starters that don't become apparent until 4-6 months.

    Like they say, you may never know until it crows or lays an egg.
     
  4. LilPeeps

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    It usually depends on the quality of the bird, the higher the quality, the more difficult it is to tell at a younger age. Even still, it can be very difficult to tell.
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2008
  5. Shared Acres

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    Thanks!
     

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