silkie experts needed

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by kristip, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have a white pet quality silkie that is between 8-10 weeks old or so.
    Fairly nice bird that my kids can handle alot. But just recently I am noticing a comb and wattles that look suspicious. Now I am not certain of age, but am guessing based on size. i got this from a friend. Poof is smaller and not show quality and looks the same as the other two littermates as well, so not sure of streamers in there. what do you think


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    last pic is a week after we acquired her, around 4th of July. notice that there comb is not really there.
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  2. technodoll

    technodoll Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that's a boy :)
     
  3. Squishypuff

    Squishypuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    100% roo.

    The comb takes time to get big like you see on adult roos. Look at the shape of the head- the poof isn't rounded like a hen "afro", it's more swept back and you can clearly see the streamers popping out the top. He's very cute, and my Silkie roo is the sweetest bird I own.
     
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  4. joe17

    joe17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't say 100% cockerel. Look at this thread. This one looked a bit rooish but its just because they are pet quality. I don't think any hatchery silkie has a rounded afro. It doesn't have the type of a rooster either. IMO, if it were a pet quality rooster at that age, it would have a much bigger comb.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=541662&p=1
     
  5. Squishypuff

    Squishypuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually, I have both hatchery Silkies and well bred Silkies from breeders- all my hatchery Silkie hens have the rounded poof. My roos look like this one. The one in the thread you posted looks like a hen, but to me, this one does not.
     
  6. flowerchicks

    flowerchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    its a roo.
     
  7. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    My Coop
    Cockerel
     
  8. JulieNKC

    JulieNKC Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:That pullet was 5 months, and days away from laying. This chick is 8-10 weeks, so I would say definate roo.
     
  9. kristip

    kristip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok just realized that she is closer to 12-15 weeks... would this make a difference?
     
  10. Squishypuff

    Squishypuff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not in my opinion. Your guy has a bigger comb than some of my roos had at the same age.
     

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