Silkie Chicks - Yet another gender question.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by encmanerabbitry, Dec 1, 2008.

  1. encmanerabbitry

    encmanerabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay here is the first chick, about 2 and half months old. I call "her" Punky Brewster, but might have to change it to Don King if its a boy. I haven't seen it play fighting at all.

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    And here is the second one, this one is just 2 months old. I don't have a name for this one. I haven't seen this one play fighting either.

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    And here's the third one, also just 2 months old, I'm pretty sure this one is a roo because this one play fights all the time. And it's a mix because it has a single comb. I don't plan on breeding this one, but its cute anyway.

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    Thanks everybody!
     
  2. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    You have some adorable silkies there. [​IMG]

    I would say the first chick is a pullet, but at 2 1/2 months old, its still a little soon to tell.

    I'm not sure on the second one, but looks like a roo.

    The single comb looks like a roo. It's wattles are pretty big for 2 months old. Oh, just because it has a single comb, doesn't mean its a mix. [​IMG] Its simply an underisible (spelling?) trait.
     
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

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    You should know in another month or two. The wide combs and noticable single one say roo, but silkies can be tricky. Don't give up yet. Single combs are recessive and are undesirable, but not an indication of a mix per se.
     
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
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    The first looks like a pullet and the other two like cockerels, but it is still early. Since single comb is a recessive trait, it can come out of parents with perfect comes, and can come up even out of show stock, it does not mean the bird is mixed. That last one is a pure silkie.
     
  5. encmanerabbitry

    encmanerabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I didn't know that! Thanks! But it would be a good idea NOT to breed that one right? Because that's something you don't want to keep passing on correct?

    Thanks everybody, I will be patient, I'm keeping all these ones even if they aren't SQ or all turn out roos. So it doesn't really matter, just thought it would be neat to know.
     
  6. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:I didn't know that! Thanks! But it would be a good idea NOT to breed that one right? Because that's something you don't want to keep passing on correct?

    Thanks everybody, I will be patient, I'm keeping all these ones even if they aren't SQ or all turn out roos. So it doesn't really matter, just thought it would be neat to know.

    If you want to breed up to the standards, you definitely do not want single combs in your line.

    I'm pretty sure since the gene is recessive, you must have both parents carrying the gene to pass it on to the chick.
     
  7. encmanerabbitry

    encmanerabbitry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks silkieluver_07, I won't be breeding it, but I think it will be neat to see what it looks like when it gets bigger. Do the single combs still get the mullberry colour? Right now its still the same blue as his feet.

    Does anyone have a picture of a single comb silkie?
     
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  8. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania

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