Sexing a 9 week old white silkie named Pearl

mollycoyote

In the Brooder
7 Years
Oct 15, 2012
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Northern CA
Here's my silkie - she's 9+ weeks. Her name is Pearl but I'm not sure she's a female. In the morning she is sort of aggressive - she hops around the cage, hopping AT and ON the other girls! This was my first clue to question her femininity. After some online research, I found out that I should pay attention to the feathers on top of her/his head. If they're very full and round she's female - if they are thin and staggering lengths, he's male.... Maybe it's too soon to tell - but those feathers look male to me. Expert advice anyone?


 
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Tricoglossus

Songster
9 Years
Mar 15, 2012
913
45
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Perth, Western Australia
That's a beardless silkie. So, watch out for the wattles starting to grow. If they start to grow quite a lot in the next couple of weeks, and then go a mulberry red colour, you have a boy. The comb will also become larger and wider. Beardless pullets also get wattles, but they grow much more slowly, and are smaller than those of the boys.
 

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