Sexing silkies...updated with pics (granted, not very good ones, lol)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Hopefulloflove, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, how do you tell the sex of a silkie? Mine are about 12 weeks old now, and I am just curious...thanks [​IMG] I have added some photos...they aren't the best and I can't figure out how to post directly to this site, so you will have to follow the link...sorry about that [​IMG]

    https://picasaweb.google.com/112589597656141943842/ChickensAndCoop#
     
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  2. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    Sorry, too early!
     
  3. navasima

    navasima Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is 12 weeks as well and every time I think I know the gender...I see another pic which makes me question my own guess....
    I told my DH that right now...I'm sure that Jo is a chicken! [​IMG]

    Ack! The waiting to know for sure is killing me!!!!!
     
  4. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh well, guess I have to wait a little longer, lol..how much longer? [​IMG]
     
  5. woodsedge

    woodsedge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its still too early to tell but when the get about 4-6 mos the males will start to grow combs and wattles and the hens will pretty much stay the same size
     
  6. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks woodsedge, at least I will know what to expect. I had no idea..lol Thank you!
     
  7. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    You're not gonna like this.... Even straight from the American Silkie Bantam Club website... Until it crows or lays an egg!
    But seriously, post a few pics. There are people here that know.
    Make sure you get a full frontal shot of the comb, the back of the head where streamers would be, the backside of the bird.
    They all have subtle differences that the trained eye can pick up.
    And even certain colors have different telltale signs.
    Good luck!
     
  8. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, ok..I will do that then! Thanks again! [​IMG]
     
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Things you can look for that will HINT at sex: Do one or two birds have noticeably thicker legs than others? Does anyone have obvious streamers (long "hairs" that stick up from the head, looking like the wind is blowing them back). Hatchery silkies are generally easier to sex than better quality silkies.
     
  10. Hopefulloflove

    Hopefulloflove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My silkies came from a local breeder, so I am not sure of thier quality, although they are beautiful! [​IMG]

    I will check that out more and maybe take some pics and put up here..thanks again!
     

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