RE: Silkie Chicks.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickNLittle, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. ChickNLittle

    ChickNLittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a way to tell the difference between males and females while they are still chicks? Thanks!
     
  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Silkies are very hard to sex, even at a few months old.
     
  3. chickenshadow

    chickenshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok follow these instructions very closely:

    1-Pick up the silkie
    2-hold out a wing and count the feathers on the left wing.
    3-Now see if any of the feathers on it's legs are touching
    it's 5th foot.
    4-Take the number from #2 and minus 1 if #3 is a yes.
    5-Now flip a coin. Heads it's a hen, tails it's a roo.
    Accuracy is around 50%
     
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
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    I love it!
     
  5. ChickNLittle

    ChickNLittle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so...I guess the answer is no or 50% [​IMG]
     
  6. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    There are subtle hints, but nothing's for sure until they crow or pop an egg out of their butt! (I have 9 I'm trying to figure out, so I understand!)
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  7. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Indiana
    I wish there was a way to tell for sure. Its so hard to name them since you dont know the sex. I dont want to have to change all their names when they get bigger. I'm so impatient too. I Want to know now! Grrrrr....
    countdown til i pick up my sizzle and polish eggs...85 minutes...
     
  8. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Meh! We have a hen named Elvis... it's ok. [​IMG]
     
  9. Vamp-A-Billy Princess

    Vamp-A-Billy Princess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Indiana
    The King rules. He is above gender lines. Its totally fine to na.e you hen that!
     
  10. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    Oh good... our boy will be so happy to hear that he doesn't have to rename her... [​IMG]


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