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Silkie Chickies... hoping to sex

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by RachsChix, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. RachsChix

    RachsChix In the Brooder

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    I am absolutely dying to know who's who with my 5 Silkie chicks. Hoping they might be old enough [​IMG][​IMG]
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  2. Fbkchicks15

    Fbkchicks15 In the Brooder

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    what age are these chicks?
     
  3. RachsChix

    RachsChix In the Brooder

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    I want to say 6 maybe 7 weeks-ish. To be completely honest... we had about 4 different sets and I can't remember which date my silkies were. I think the very beginning of March... maybe around the 5th.
     
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

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    Way too early to sex with any confidence. Most breeders wait until 3 to 4 months, at the earliest.

    Watch the combs. Female Silkies never really get much comb or wattle. Males will.

    Generally, but not always, males have a mowhawk crest while females have more of a pom pom. Males tend to stand tall and lanky while females are more tear drop and lower, squattier.

    It is best to see a Silkie in profile standing on its own feet to see those stances, then look at the comb/wattles, then look at the crest.

    But with Silkies, it is very hard to know. Sometimes you've got to wait for a crow or egg.

    ETA: right now, just from combs as you haven't got much else to tell by, I'd watch #1 and #4 as possible males.

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  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Agree. Silkies are one of the most difficult breeds to sex before 4-5 mos. of age and sometimes not till their crow or lay eggs.
     
  7. RachsChix

    RachsChix In the Brooder

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    Bummer [​IMG]
    Thank you!
     

  8. RachsChix

    RachsChix In the Brooder

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    IMG_3934.JPG Any luck now :fl
     

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  9. ViolinPlayer123

    ViolinPlayer123 Crossing the Road

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    Last one is definitely a boy as far as I can tell. Where did you get your silkies? I'm thinking they aren't quite pure silkies hence the single comb and lack of crest. Maybe just pet quality?
     
  10. RachsChix

    RachsChix In the Brooder

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    My husband got them from a friend of a friend. I wanted polish chickens and we compromised on silkies.
     

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