Sexing Silkies! Any Ideas???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Fluffy Chick 15, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. Fluffy Chick 15

    Fluffy Chick 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have any methods to sexing silkie chicks? looks? feeling them? size? anything?
     
  2. stumble_n_mumble

    stumble_n_mumble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    how old are the chicks?
     
  3. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I think vent sexing a bantam can cause death if done improperly. So, most us just use the same method. If it crows its a roo and if it lays an egg it's hen. I wish there was a way to sex them that wouldn't harm them. If you have hatchery quality, they do not take as long to sex. If you have Breeder or Show Quality then it will take up to 4+ months to sex them. I have even heard of some showing a Silkie as a pullet and winning, and then later on it was crowing! So, some of them are just really hard to sex.
     
  4. Bat Cave Silkies

    Bat Cave Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As you know, Silkies are notoriously difficult to sex, and they mature later than most other breeds. I "guess" the sex by the comb, and I'm right about 50% of the time. Thin/narrow comb = female, broader comb = male.
     
  5. CrazyFowlFreak

    CrazyFowlFreak Pine Hill Farm

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    It sounds stupid, but I just *know* what sex they are. I've been 100% so far.
     
  6. stumble_n_mumble

    stumble_n_mumble Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    i wing sex them and ive been 100% and especially silkies... when there just born you can tell [​IMG]
     
  7. possumhunter

    possumhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What is wing sexing? I've never heard of that...thanks!
     
  8. Fluffy Chick 15

    Fluffy Chick 15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haven't heard of wing-sexing yet, is it something that can be explained? : )
     
  9. peachie

    peachie Out Of The Brooder

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    girls have 2 rows of fethers and boys only have one you can only do it on day 1 (thats on the wings )
     
  10. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
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    I don't no if this is tried and true but here is a picture of it.
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