Sexing RIR, silkie chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kressg23, May 27, 2008.

  1. kressg23

    kressg23 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all,
    My RIR chicks are 4 weeks old now. I was hoping I'd be able to tell what they were by now, but I can't! Are there any sure-fire tips on male vs. female traits that I could look for? They are absolutely identical except one has a red tip on its beak and the other doesn't.

    My black silkies are about 10 weeks old now and I think we'll be re-naming Rosie to something else, as she has dark red wattles and Petunia doesn't. Does this make "her" a male? She's smaller in size than Petunia and I was hoping for 2 females, but this will still be fun.

    Thanks to anyone who can shed some light! [​IMG]
     
  2. msrma7670

    msrma7670 Chillin' With My Peeps

    POST SOME PICs AND WE HELP YA DO THE REST!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. jakmallex

    jakmallex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm still trying to figure out my silkies as well. I know one is a rooster based on behavior, not sure about the rest. They're tricky. The one thing I noticed about my silkies is that the one I'm pretty sure is a rooster is a lot heavier than the others and has a little bump where a comb is going to be. My 3 week RIR males are all starting to get pink combs. I know they are males b/c they were included in my Ideal order as packing peanuts. They looked like this 3 days ago and have gotten more feathers since then, but if yours have similar combs they are probably roosters.

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  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    With Silkies, males typically have bigger feet and thicker legs, a wider more plump comb and the feathers on the head point more backwards instead of poofy and up and out.

    Charli my roo [​IMG]

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  5. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    guitarist....what age is your silkie? so pretty! Funny you should post about weights, my kids noticed that some of our straight run silkies are noticeably heavier than others despite the fact that they are all the same size. I wonder if you're on to something with that!! Mine are only two weeks old, but some of them are definitely more hefty than others.
     
  6. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OMG you have an Antwerp Belgium!!!
    I have a 4 and a half week old one!
    I love the feathers on the feet!

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  7. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    Gosh, I dunno..... I think he was born just before Easter. Sooo... how ever old that makes him LOL I can't do math this early in the morning [​IMG]

    Roxie is a Mille Fleur d'Uccle [​IMG] I could be wrong.... but I think Antwerps have non-feathered feet. I think maybe yours is a d'Uccle also [​IMG]
     
  8. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your right!!! I never saw the Mille Fleur d'Uccle bantams!

    I ordered my chicks from MPC and I ordered a Antwerp Belgium Bantam. It doesn't matter now because she is so sweet and I could call her anything and I'd love her!

    Do you like the temperament of yours?
     
  9. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    She is my BABY!!!! [​IMG] She is so tame and I can just slip my hand under her and lift her out and carry her wherever. When I talk to her or pet her her eyes do that funny thing that parrots often do when they are happy. And when I sit her on my lap, she just lays down and stays there [​IMG] And she's sooooooo pretty [​IMG] Of course, I am biased LOL I just adore the feathered feet! They have always been one of my favorite breeds, and when I got her I had no idea what she was.... I was soooo stoked to find out she was a d'Uccle [​IMG]
     
  10. pattee

    pattee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mines exactly the same way....
    At first I thought she was scared out of her mind but when I let my hands go she still stayed in my lap. She's my baby too. The sweetest one of my bunch! [​IMG]
     

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