Silkie experts help please -roo or pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickensioux, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my 9-10 week old silkie and I am unsure if it is a roo or hen. I have a roo and I'm concerned about putting this one up with the others if it is a roo. My other roo is HUGE. What do you think? Thanks
     
  2. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    I think it might be a pullet, any streamers on its head? I cant see any [​IMG]
     
  3. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is why I asked the experts. Pardon my ignorance but what are streamers? I have 2 silkies and don't know much about them other than they are precious and I love them. Are streamers the beginnings of a comb? [​IMG]
     
  4. Tonopah Pati

    Tonopah Pati Rest in Peace 1938-2011

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    I just got a Black silkie Baby. I don't know a thing about them. I sure would like any info anyone can give. I am interested in knowing about Streamers also.[​IMG] I will try to get a close up pic. of my Baby. What do you look for, when trying to find out what you have?

    Chickensioux, That is some cute Silkie
     
  5. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    streamers are longer feathers on the tops of their heads. they look out of place and only the boys get them. I will try to get some pics of one with them...
     
  6. chickensioux

    chickensioux Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I should learn more about them since I have some. Shame on me.....
     
  7. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    ok here are 2 threads with the pics being boys, they have the "streamers" a females crest (fluff on head) will be an even length with out any weird longer feathers sticking out towards the back.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=261693

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=262296

    this is the thing I look for first when sexing silkies. So far I have ben able to sex now with great results using this over comb size, nd size alone. But if your bird is bigger than the others and has streamers and a wider comb it is a boy for sure [​IMG]
     
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  8. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thats a bit too young for most people to know the sex when it comes to silkies. It would help to see a shot of the bids entire body, posture, tail.
    But even with all that, most would be taking a guess at that age. Sweet looking silkie either way.
     
  9. 19hhbelgian

    19hhbelgian Pigs DO Fly!!

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    Honestly I had a splash silkie that up until 5 months old, everybody including me, swore was a pullet. No streamers, no rooish behavior, and the comb wasn't large at all. Then all of a sudden I'm outside one morning and I hear a new crow [​IMG]. Moral of the story - wait and see [​IMG]
     

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