Silkie Experts needed....

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JodyJo, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hen or roo....it is 26 weeks old...still up for debate, no crowing, no eggs...


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  2. PoultryQueen29

    PoultryQueen29 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no silkie expert but it does have the swept back crest of a rooster. I don't see any huge comb or wattles like a rooster would have. The only way you can really tell is when they lay eggs or crow, but some silkie hens also crow. I would just wait.

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  3. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ha, gee thanks! [​IMG]

    I know, after 26 weeks, I am thinking pullet...just because of the lack of comb, this is my first silkie to own...patience, its not like it eats a lot or anything...
     
  4. SilkieBantams

    SilkieBantams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your Black Silkie is a hen since it does not crow and roosters tend to have a walnut shaped comb
     
  5. JodyJo

    JodyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if "she" is a she...wouldn't the roosters being trying to mount her by now? I am unfamiliar with Silkies...what age to they become mature enough for this? When should I expect any eggs, if she is a she?
     
  6. ChobeeChickenMommy

    ChobeeChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2... I am still realatively new to Silkie, but I am pretty sure you have a hen/pullet in your hands there...
     
  7. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this a hatchery silkie or a silkie from a breeder?

    If from a hatchery, i think it may be a cockerel, because i think i see a little pointy comb (normally silkies have walnut combs but hatchery silkies don't always have them)

    If from a breeder i think pullet.
     
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  8. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

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    Quote:ALL Silkies should have a walnut comb. Hens are just smaller.
     
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  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    If I zoom in on the first picture I see streamers?? So I'm guessing male.
     
  10. rilly10

    rilly10 Clover Field Farm

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    Here is a young cockerel of mine about 5 month old...note the walnut comb starting to grow already and he is a bit younger than yours. He also already is getting streamers and has saddle feathers.

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    Here is an older roo (almost 1 year) you can CLEARLY see his long saddle feathers and streamers!

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