Plymouth Rock and Silkie Gender?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Siajkk, May 1, 2016.

  1. Siajkk

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    Unfortunately it appears 2 of my 4 chicks are trying to become Roos. Really praying for some better news regarding my Plymouth Rock and Silkie. :)

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  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think both are pullets...
     
  3. Siajkk

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    Oh thank you!! I sure hope so!!
     
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  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Well, I don't do Silkies, not my cup of tea and I surely can't sex them, but the BR is a pullet. An odd pullet, to be sure, the head and eyes are very strange to me.

    I would have to qualify the pullet comment IF it's a dwarf, which sometimes gives them that strange mongoloidish eye shape and round head. Those almost always are males that at first, seem to be pullets. Maybe it's the photo but it has that "look". I've had a dwarf gene pop up in one of my lines so I've seen a few dwarfs.
     
  6. Siajkk

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    I don't care if it's a dwarf or odd...if it's a girl I am excited!!! We got our chicks from a farm that I really don't think knew or cared what they were doing (and we were so brand new we didn't have a clue either! Lol)

    4 of the 8 chicks we bought had pasty butt and respiratory infections. They didn't survive. The last 4 did with antibiotics. We have one chick that was supposed to be a Buff Orpington pullet...we still don't have an answer to what his/her breed is but it isn't a Buff Orpington and probably isn't a pullet. And yeah my Plymouth Rock looks like a Plymouth Rock...but not. I'm not real sure what kind of chickens I have! Think they may be mutts. :). Except my Silkie.

    They are all so sweet though and I am so attached that I am waiting until someone crows or lays an egg to decide.

    In the meantime I am reading everything I possibly can to learn about caring for chickens. Didn't know they would be so charming. :). Love them!!!
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Oh, no, I hate to hear that. I have to tell you, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if they were ill with a contagious respiratory disease, whether mycoplasmosis/CRD or Coryza or one of the other similar things, they are now carriers. That means they are not "cured". Antibiotics do not cure contagious respiratory illness in chickens. The farms sold you sick birds, shame on them. I hate for you to start your chicken-keeping with a flock of Typhoid Marys. If they had pneumonia from wet conditions or being soaked to the skin or something like that, that would be different, but you don't usually have a whole bunch with pneumonia at one time like that.

    As far as dwarfism, you missed my point. If it is a dwarf, it is likely male. And most of them do not live to even six months old. I hope it isn't. There are a few types of dwarfism, but it's not just a matter of being short-legged. Could be just an odd looking pullet, not a dwarf, though. This chicken thing can be more complicated than some folks will tell you.
     
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  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Can't tell you anything about the silkie except it's black, can't see, comb, can't see eyes, it could be a stuffed toy from the photo. I know blacks are hard to photograph but, that's all we get to see. The stance could be roo or alert female. Can you get a photo ,face front with the crest held back so I can see the comb?

    Won't advise on the rock because Speckled Hen has the expertise -
     
  9. Siajkk

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    Finally got a pic of her face and comb. She didn't like it. Lol. Fairly certain she is a girl.

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  10. ChickenLover200

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    Pullet, I think
     

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