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Silkie-how do you tell male and female?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Wyo Chick, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. Wyo Chick

    Wyo Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hope this is in the right forum. How do you tell male and female silkies apart? Mine are 6 1/2 weeks old. Also, about how long does the mama hen take care of them?Thank you.
     
  2. Mgui35

    Mgui35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My silkies are exactly the same age and I have the same problem. I hatched mine from an incubator though and so Im the only mama they know. I wish I could help but maybe someone will see this and help the both of us. Thanks for the post.
     
  3. jen5680

    jen5680 Southside Silkie Shack

    Jun 18, 2009
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    When it crows you no it's a male, when it lays an egg you no it's a female.
    That's about how it goes with a silkie lol... Sometimes you can start to tell the sex at around 3 to 4 months but that isn't always how it goes! tricky buggars!!
     
  4. Wyo Chick

    Wyo Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! LOL [​IMG] What age do they start to crow?
     
  5. kerrysmommy

    kerrysmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the males get like a big bubbly bulge on there face tht is the comb and the females just kinda stay like they would in picures.
     
  6. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers Premium Member

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    You can post in the "What breed or gender" forum with pics and will get some good guesses.

    I have an agressive little punk who started getting big comb and wattles by 5 weeks, he started crowing this last weekend at 11.5 weeks. What was my littlest runt silkie started shooting up in size these last two weeks and I really started suspecting a boy. Then late last week he decided he wasn't going to be picked on anymore by the other boy. He's really put him in his place. He acts like a good boy and calls the girls over for treats and gives them up. He's also a darling and my second sweetest chicken. No crowing from him yet, he still peeps.
     
  7. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, I have three Silkies that are 18 weeks old now.

    About two weeks ago one of mine started developing this bubbly bulge on top of his nose.

    I knew right away he was a roo. The other two remained the same with no bulge.

    Just this past week, the roo has started to bite the other females in an attempt to mate. (Yeah, he's got a long way to go.)

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    Here's one of my females. Comb not so "bubbly."


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  8. kerrysmommy

    kerrysmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, I have three Silkies that are 18 weeks old now.

    About two weeks ago one of mine started developing this bubbly bulge on top of his nose.

    I knew right away he was a roo. The other two remained the same with no bulge.

    Just this past week, the roo has started to bite the other females in an attempt to mate. (Yeah, he's got a long way to go.)

    http://i937.photobucket.com/albums/ad213/Farmstead/New Baby Chicks/Silkies/weekendfun030.jpg


    Here's one of my females. Comb not so "bubbly."


    http://i937.photobucket.com/albums/ad213/Farmstead/New Baby Chicks/Silkies/weekendfun006.jpg

    these both look like males i would have to sayy
     
  9. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol

    I suppose only time will tell with these guys!

    I just assumed the larger one with the bubbly crest was a male and the other two (way smaller) were females.

    He also tries to mate-bite the other two females.

    Not sure if males will try to mate with other males (maybe the unmatured ones??).

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  10. sadies chicks

    sadies chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two white silkies, Chuckie and Tommy started to crow over the weekend, I am so sad!! [​IMG] Although I have to admit, their pathetic "teenage" crows are worth hearing [​IMG] They just turned 16 weeks and on the dot, the crows started. I am waiting for their "sister" Lola to either lay an egg or join in the crow fest in the morning [​IMG]
     

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