Silkie gender. All boys... or too early to tell? Picture heavy

Smileybans

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I’m not 100% sure here but it looks male because of the tail and because I think I see streamers.
Those were actually the exact reasons why I posted the updated pictures of Bop. I thought I was seeing the same things. I had seen, on another silkie gender post, someone say something about the tail and the tail of that silkie looked a lot like Bop. So I thought it didn’t hurt to post again.
 

Smileybans

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Male silkies usually have smaller crests too. I'm leaning towards male on Bop bit I'm not sure on the others. How do they behave?
They kinda just hang out together. It’s cold here so they just sit in a huddle. They find anywhere to hide from my EE roo. Most of the time it’s in the dust box or behind the feeder. Since he can’t fit back there. When I let them free roam, under supervision, they run from grass patch to grass patch. Mostly playing keep away from the older bigger hens.

When I feed them snacks they’re more aware of the bigger hens than they are of each other. They don’t really fight among each other but I’m pretty sure it’s because of the bigger hens. Bop and Boop are the only two I have seen chest bump or square off. They always have. I think my two Roos stop them from fighting too.
 

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So they’re 15 weeks now. I’m pretty sure Bop and Boop are boys. They’re the two that Lil Chi, the rooster looking after them, has had to peck the most.

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Floof
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Bop
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Poof
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Boop
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Smileybans

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So far Bop and Boop are the only two acting like males too. My light Brahma, who is twice their size but half their age, only ever goes after them. But Floof will chase him around. I hope I have more girls than boys. My hatch rate has been in favor of boys so far.
 

TheAlrightyGina

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Bop and Boop got that 'U' comb going on, which is one of the things that can point to being male, as females typically have more of a 'V'. It's not 100%, but if you're also seeing masculine behavior in those two then I'd say you can safely assume they are boys. They also look like they have streamers on their crests, while the others don't.
 

Smileybans

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Bop and Boop got that 'U' comb going on, which is one of the things that can point to being male, as females typically have more of a 'V'. It's not 100%, but if you're also seeing masculine behavior in those two then I'd say you can safely assume they are boys. They also look like they have streamers on their crests, while the others don't.
Is the ‘U’ and ‘V’ at the top? I had read about that, and tried to see it, but can’t really tell the difference.
 

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