Questions about sexing silkies

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Love my Critters!, Apr 23, 2008.

  1. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Carlsbad, NM
    I have 9 baby silkies I ordered. They are now 4 1/2 weeks old. My question is are they old enough to start being able to tell their gender? I ordered mostly pullets, with a few straight runs. I was just wondering if I could start to tell who's what yet. Can anyone give me some suggestions on what to look for? There is nothing pressing, I will not thin down the roos until they are fully mature. My husband and I just want to practice.[​IMG]
    Thank you
  2. yellowdragon

    yellowdragon Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Springville, Indiana
    It would be best to wait. when they are almost full grown the roos neck feathers will be longer. you can't tell for sure about the fighting( roo fighting) some of my hen fight like that too. good luck

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