Sexing Silkies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by jmike, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. jmike

    jmike Out Of The Brooder

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    I have recently gotten into Silkies, and am unconfident in my ability to sex them. I have adults and they are obvious but I have others that are only about 12 weeks old. The ones I think are Roosters have a slight bump above the beak and the others have a concaved spot that I think must be hens. What do ya'll think?

    Thanks for your help
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    It's tough... Some very well experienced people can have difficulties sexing their silkies till they either crow or lay an egg. I can only sex mine 100% when they reach about 5 months old. Before that and a few are always a toss up. Large comb devlopment and "streamers" off their head are signs of a male.
     
  3. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    That's what a breeder here in Florida I get my silkies from told me. That you feel above the beak and if there is a bump it's a cockeral and if it's flat then you have a pullet. So far the ones I have and she sold me are right on with that method. Plus one is getting the little streamers on it's head and she said that is another sign on a roo.
     
  4. jmike

    jmike Out Of The Brooder

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    Please explain streamers?
     
  5. priszilla

    priszilla Chillin' With My Peeps

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    long feathers coming off the back of the head- a mullet for a chicken:lol:
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Mine has steamers. Also the crest (top of the head) is another way. oval=boy circle=girl
     
  7. jmike

    jmike Out Of The Brooder

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    Not to change the subject but after a silkie chick hatches, it is full grown at what age and should start laying at what age? Thank you all for all this info
     
  8. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I would not know. Mine did not lay for over a year and I dont have females anymore so I do not know
     
  9. Pinenot

    Pinenot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think the average is around 5-6 months when they start laying. It also depends on the amount of day light. All chickens need at least 14 hours of day light to lay regurally.

    The streamers (LOng skinny feathers that are longer than the fuzz) was the only way I could tell with my Partridge Silkie male. He still, at 4 months, doesn't have a comb. But he has the streamers.
     
  10. jmike

    jmike Out Of The Brooder

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    Holy crap and a half I gotta EGG, I'm thinking the oldest hen I have is only 14 week. What the heck?
     

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