silkie id'ing question

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by klf73, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I know this topic has been beat to death, but.......
    Do female silkies combs get "full" like the roos? I have one pullet but she has an incorrect comb so I can't tell with her. I am trying to sex my 9 week olds and I can tell some of my 6 week olds because their combs are bigger and fuller (like someone inflated them). Chickenstock is less than 2 weeks away and I have to get rid of the extra roos, already have at least 2 in the banty pen [​IMG]

  2. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Do you have pics of them? 9 and 6 weeks is usually way too soon to tell, but we can try [​IMG]
  3. Your taking a serious chance by trying to sex any Silkies at only 6 to 9 weeks of age. I dont care who they are, the BEST breeders cannot EVER guarantee what they are going to be.

    Your best bet is to hold on to your birds and wait until the next chickenstock comes around....
  4. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Songster

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    My silkies are 4 months old and I still am not certin on there sex. Silkies are a read hard breed of chicken to sex. I know of 2 roos in the bunch because there combs are in and are crowing. I am still puzzled on one because it has a comb but not a wide comb like the 2 roos i know of. Does not have wattles either that I see on the other 2 roos but. I am still not sure if its a hen or roo.
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    I guess I would say "not generally". The females tend to be more dainty than the males in every respect. But, having said that, the only way I know my 11 week old is a male is because he's trying to crow. [​IMG]
  6. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    The only reason I ask to post a pic is because you say that they have "improper" combs; I'm assuming you mean single combs? I've found that most times in a silkie with a single comb, the comb will develop at the approximate rate of many single combed breeds and so therefore the sex can often be determined at that age.
  7. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Songster

    Feb 20, 2007
    Winchester Kentucky
    Julie is right; Silkies with single combs are easier to sex. Still they are harder that than other breeds. Post the picture if possible - we all love guess the Silkie sex game.

  8. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Only one has the single comb, and she has always been shy, sweet, petite. The other silkie that hatched with her I pegged for a boy and he is. I seem to get a sense and haven't been wrong. It's weird, I feel like a chicken whisperer [​IMG] . I have a black that I have been saying boy since it was a few days old, still no crowing but I still suspect boy. I sexed all my mutts correctly and everyone told me there was no way to tell at that young age [​IMG] If it isn't raining today I will get pics of the 9 week olds and try to get some of the younger ones. Thanks for the help, I appreciate it [​IMG]

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