Silkie babies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by boboshortbus, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. boboshortbus

    boboshortbus Out Of The Brooder

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    I just got 9 Silkie babies was told gender isn't noticeable to about 6 months of age

    My babies are 6 weeks old

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    You might be able to tell sooner on some. They are still young yet. Look for combs that pink earlier than the rest and wattles developing.
     
  3. boboshortbus

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    What's it mean if they pink early on a silkie?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    All roosters will get pink combs sooner than pullets, so assume any that are showing pink already are probably roosters, some silkies don't get red or pink in their comb and it stays darker, so look for wider or bigger combs. Photos don't always show what you can see in person so I can't guess by your photos. You should be able to tell most of them before 6 months, though some will leave you guessing that long.
     
  5. boboshortbus

    boboshortbus Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thank you. My mom has two black Silkie Roos with dark combs and a grey hen with a light comb I believe
     
  6. boboshortbus

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    Not sure if you can see it good in these pics but I was looking at combs last night like you suggested and little one is the only one so far showing a reddish pink at top
     
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That does look to be a little rooster. A few more weeks and you should be certain.
     
  9. boboshortbus

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    That's what I was thinking today checking this one out again has red waddle started
     
  10. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm just giving you a good guess, maybe try posting in the what breed and gender forum and see what those people think.
     

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