Sex of silkie chicks.

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by AAJ, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. AAJ

    AAJ Chirping

    Oct 21, 2011
    I have a broody hen about to hatch some eggs Tuesday and I would like to know how to determine the sex of the chicks that she hatches. I have been told that is hard to tell the sex of silkies until they get older. Please help.
  2. chiqita

    chiqita Crowing

    Aug 29, 2011
    San Jose, Ca
    Ya, you can usually sex silkies when they crow or lay an egg. You can try and look at hackle feathers or combs before that, but I cant do it yet :). Either way, they are usually older before you can do any of it.
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

    Feb 12, 2009
    Good luck. I have a 17 week old that I still don't know. No egg and No crowing.
  4. CitySilkies88

    CitySilkies88 In the Brooder

    Mar 23, 2012
    NE Ohio
    Yes Silkies are extremely hard to sex. Even the most seasoned Silkie owners I have met did not feel comfortable selling me chicks with the gurantee that they would be female. Because it's just really hard to know for sure. Thats why I went with nearly year old Pullets because they were laying eggs and I could clearly visually see the difference between roosters and hens. And roosters are a big no no in the city.

    I also had a friend with a Silkie that she was positive was maturing pullet, until HE started to crow one day.
  5. Blue EE

    Blue EE In the Brooder

    Mar 18, 2012
    You can try dropping a sewing needle on a 2 foot silk thread in front of the egg before it hatches while holding the other end. If the needle swings back and forth its a rooster and if it spins in a circle its a hen. It only works for true believers. Must use quality silkie thread.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2012
  6. LilMissChz

    LilMissChz Songster

    Feb 16, 2012
    North East, Maryland
    ROFLOL!!! [​IMG] Good one! I'll have to try to remember that. That pretty much sums it up for me!


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