Sexing a silkie??????

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by waffleinator, May 18, 2016.

  1. waffleinator

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    I bought one silkie chick along with two other chickens exactly 8 weeks ago. Since the silkies were straight run I'm trying to see if anyone can take an educated guess at her gender. She (?) was picked out through wing sexing (or at least my attempt at it) as well as choosing the smallest and meekest chick. She still is the least independent out of the three and stands kinda like a duck instead of more upright. Any guess on her sex? (I say her because I'm really hoping for a her lol)
     
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  4. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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    Silkies are extremely hard to sex and I'm not an expert but I think you may have a cockerel.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd give this bird a few more weeks and post again. In the second picture, it looks like there could be streamers popping off the back of its crest (a male trait), but since it's still young, that could just be because of pin feathers. It looks to be partially bearded/non bearded, which means its comb and wattles will be a bit on the bigger side whether its a pullet or a cockerel.
     
  6. waffleinator

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    [​IMG]. Here is an update on my silkie. 10 weeks old now.
     
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    [​IMG] Here is a comb picture (I used water to push back the crest a bit) the silkie has a lot of new pin feather around it's head. It's still probably too young to tell but I want to post some progression to see if that will shed some light on it's gender
     

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