Silkie/Cochin X gender... EDIT: SEE POST 33!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ChickenPeep, Dec 14, 2011.

  1. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Hey all!
    I recently hatched a silkie-cochin who is approx. 7 weeks old now.
    I have become really attached to her, but I think i'm seeing saddle feathers. I'm really concerned.
    She has no comb whatsoever.
    Is it possible she could be a he due to saddle feathers?
    I will get pics up in a minute, but this is my main Q.

    Thanks! [​IMG]

    Update:

    My little birdie is now 8 weeks old. There are still little to no signs of comb or wattles. However, the feathers are getting me worried. (Please excuse me if i'm overacting, I have a tendancy to do that)
    The neck feathers are getting fairly shiny 'rims' around them. They are fairly thin.
    This is my favorite chicken and I'm going to be really bummed if it's a boy. I love him/her soooo much! [​IMG]

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    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    I'd love to see a pic...There's still hope.....Cochins do have those puffy behinds.....
     
  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i'd love to see a picture too. there is still a chance it's a hen.
     
  4. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    7 weeks is really young. there is still a chance of it being female.
     
  5. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    saddles dont come in until at least 6 months at 7 weeks i think you might be seeing things being so attached and worried that your baby is a cockerel. dont worry so much [​IMG] i know its hard. try and get some pics up if we cant tell for sure you can wait till s/he is at 15 weeks old.
     
  6. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Thank you all for your replies!
    I will get a pic of him/her up after school today. Sorry I can't do it sooner.
     
  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Cochins have tricky feathering. I would rather go by comb at this age. Boys have much pinker combs at 8 weeks than the girls. My pullet (age 20 weeks) barely has a comb at all.
     
  8. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    Quote:His/her comb is completely black, along with the rest of her skin.
     
  9. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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    In this pic, his/her comb looks pinkish, but it's just because of the lighting.
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    Same with this one.
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    Don't worry, she has a head!! She's just preening her chest! [​IMG]
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    Please please please tell me pullet. [​IMG]
     
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  10. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Saddle feathers actually start coming in - to be seen by human eyes - between 12 and 14 weeks. Atleast from what I have experience with my cochins, orps, Ameraucanas, EEs and other mixed birds.


    At this age, I see no saddle feathers on your bird.


    Silkie combs are really hard to tell. I know some silkie breeders who can tell by the top knot - how it is growing - but I am not sure that holds true to crosses.


    You might benefit from editing your title to say Silkie mix gender question.
     

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