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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by RachsChix, Apr 22, 2017.
I am absolutely dying to know who's who with my 5 Silkie chicks. Hoping they might be old enough
what age are these chicks?
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.
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.
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.
Any luck now
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?
My husband got them from a friend of a friend. I wanted polish chickens and we compromised on silkies.