sexing silkie chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by triple_t, Apr 5, 2008.

  1. triple_t

    triple_t In the Brooder

    Apr 5, 2008
    Is there any way to sex silkie chicks?
    I have 25 of the cutest little guys/girls and was wondering if there was a way to tell which was which.
    They're almost 3 wks old now.
    Also, can they live with ducks?
    Thanks so much.
  2. Break an Egg

    Break an Egg Songster

    Mar 17, 2008
    San Antonio
    I'm not sure you can sex silkies at a young age, you can wait till one crows, but the adult male's crest is more slicked back looking than the females.

    I don't know if they can live with ducks. Silkies are supposed to be sweet, I guess it would depend on how the ducks act.

    If you want your silkies really friendly, feed them out of the palm of your hand.[​IMG]
  3. marie_martin

    marie_martin Songster

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    I can usually tell on most of them by about a month old or so. They will have heavier legs and bone structure, will usually be larger than their siblings? and the crest will be in a backward swoop. Some will keep you guessing a bit longer, but usually you can start to separate them at about that age. I think I have mostly roos out of my 15 chicks. I guess they are just the stronger of the species because they sure do hatch out here in large numbers.

  4. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    enny meenie miny mo?

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