sexing silkies

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Daidohead, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. Daidohead

    Daidohead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any helpful hints to sexing 4 mo. old silkies ? I am looking at a pair of PQ birds this evening and would like to get it right the first time. Thanks, Mark
     
  2. geosheets

    geosheets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you can pelvic sex them... the cockerels pelvic bones will be more pointed and almost touching... pullets at 4 months will be almost far enough apart to fit a finger between the bones... it's worked for me so far. Hold the bird facing you with its body in the palm of your hand and slide your middle or ring finger to its bum... you'll feel the bones.
     
  3. Daidohead

    Daidohead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you very much Geosheets.
     
  4. silkieowner

    silkieowner Chillin' With My Peeps

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    would pelvic sexing work on 3 month old silkies?
     
  5. kikidede

    kikidede New Egg

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    What about the method of holding them briefly upside down holding their legs....if they lay back right away-they are hens and if they pull up and fight, they are roosters??? Any validity to that method?
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  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    kikidede that is an old wives tale.


    Good luck with getting you pair Daidohead post pics when you get them.
     
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Quote:It works 50% of the time [​IMG]
     
  8. Daidohead

    Daidohead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No silkies for me this evening, they just didn't look right. Thank you all for your replies. Mark
     
  9. geosheets

    geosheets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It works 50% of the time [​IMG]

    I had a guy come out and look at some birds I had listed on craigslist. I told him they were hens but I guess he didn't believe me. He picked a couple up and layed them on their backs... the birds raised all kinds of racket and tried like heck to get away from him. He determined that they were both roosters because of that. I then pointed out to him that they both had bare bellies from where they were recently broody and then showed him the eggs they had layed that day... eggs were still in their pen and they were the only 2 birds in there. He was insistent that they were not hens... like the others have said, it doesn't work... or maybe it does and I have egg laying roosters?!?

    silkieowner - 3 months is still a little young... by 3 1/2-4 I can usually tell if I have several birds of the same age to compare... 4+ mos are much easier to tell.
     
  10. CrestedHorizonPoultry

    CrestedHorizonPoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I showed a beautiful 6mth old Silkie pullet and she did really good. A couple of months later she crowed and ended up being a beautiful cockerel...LOL
     

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