Silkie boy or girl? (about 4 months old)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by muffi, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. muffi

    muffi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My daughter's partridge silkie has always acted and sounded like a hen. Until this morning, when she fluttered out of the coop and made the quietest little crow! We got her at a swap and don't know her age. I'm guessing she has to be at least 4 months old, because she was already much bigger than my now-3 month old silkies. She has no red in her comb, no wattles, but she did sprout some long feathers on her head. Please tell me what you think!

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  2. amyquilt

    amyquilt Serama Mama

    May 17, 2008
    Amarillo, TX
    Can't help you with sexing, but that's one beauty!!! I don't think Silkies get red in their combs or wattles, though. I think they are all black.
     
  3. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    I'm not even on the same planet as Silkie experts so I don't know ... but, I got my first two Silkies this year and have learned a few things.

    Silkie combs and wattles are supposed to be black. They can be red but I read that that's either a fault or disqualification (Can't remember which) if you are showing them. If you aren't showing or breeding for showing ... who cares!

    Silkies are notoriously difficult to sex until they either crow or lay an egg.

    I'm guessing your's is a Roo (remember... key word from me is 'guessing'), just because of the size of the comb and the longer head feathers.
     
  4. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    Thats a boy.
     
  5. muffi

    muffi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For comparison, this is my 3 month old boy whom I've known the gender of since he was 2 months. He has wattles and some reddishness in his comb.

    Can hens have the two little points on the top back part of their combs or is it just the roos?

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  6. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to say cockerel. Silkies don't get red in their combs, not a desirable trait anyway. So I would say the very dark comb is a good thing! Also no wattles really on bearded silkies. And the streamers in his crest would indicate boy to me also.
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  7. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    Gosh, I hope it lays an egg and you can keep it. But I've also heard that Silkie roos are pretty quiet when they crow. [​IMG]
     
  8. goldensunriseranch

    goldensunriseranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish my boys knew about the quiet crowing when it comes to silkies! LOL All mine are pretty darn loud and obnoxious. But maybe because I have so many, they feel the need to outdo one another!
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  9. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Definately a cockerel.
     
  10. siz8003

    siz8003 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Fitz.,NH
    I say boy
     

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