Sexing my little flock of silkie dinosaurs

DesertSilkieHen

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I have five silkies, two of which are 12 weeks old and three of which are 10 weeks old. I have three that I'm pretty sure are pullets, one probable cockerel and one mystery chick. I've posted the pictures below and would love some help! And yes, they are all named after dinosaur genera.
Also, they'd all been eating watermelon before this so their crests are a little spiky with watermelon juice.
In the past my sexing has been dead wrong so I'd appreciate corrections to my guesses.

Archaeopteryx ("Archie"): Buff. 12 weeks. Performs 'roo-ish' behavior. Probably a roo.
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Here is he in the traveling cage relocating for winter break.

Hylaeosaurus ("Hilda"): Splash. 12 weeks. Probably a pullet.
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Tyrannosaurus ("Ty"): Splash?? 10 weeks. Probably a pullet.
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What do you think about her coloring?

Martharaptor ("Martha"): Porcelain. 10 weeks. Very large but probably a pullet.
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Avaceratops ("Ava"): Partridge. 10 weeks. Mystery sex. Small, has a light chest and barring (I think) on the feathers but is starting to get a little red on the wings.
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You can see the bit of red on her wings here.
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Some photos of the whole group for comparison.
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oldhenlikesdogs

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They all appear to be pullets, but that's the problem with silkies, they appear to be pullets until they crow one day. Hopefully a more experienced silkie person can spot something.
 

DesertSilkieHen

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Thanks! I was really uncertain about the last one (Ava). Fortunately I'm zoned for roosters (I think) so I can probably keep the first one (Archie) if he does in fact turn out to be a roo. He may need to sleep inside at night though as I don't want to make my landlord and other neighbors miserable!
 

dolly85

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Archie the buff is most likely a roo. He has a large comb for his age and a crest that is more narrow and swept back. My silkie pullets had non existent combs at 12 weeks. I can try to find a picture.....
 

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I like to see silkies face forward with their crests held back or tied back. I want to see combs clearly, and then assess natural crests as well - some of your photos crests are either wet or greasy which makes it hard to know if they have streamers or not.
 

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