silkie male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AprilW, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. AprilW

    AprilW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This (ugly) Silkie was given to me and I've got no clue what it is. Any ideas?

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    I'm told it is about 3-1/2 months old.
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like a pullet, but silkies are really hard to sex. Good luck!
     
  3. bckyrdchknluvr

    bckyrdchknluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, looks like a pullet. And I don't think it's ugly, I think it's adorable. Just got my first 4 silkies and I love em.
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    It reminds me of my poorly bred red hatchery silkie, which is a pullet. I've read (here on BYC) that the poorer quality silkies were generally easier to sex (earlier) than well bred ones with tons of fluff, big crests, etc. I think my (poorly bred) red silkie is a cutie pie, although I know she's probably ugly to good silkie breeders.
     
  5. sophiejw

    sophiejw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say roo as it has a swept back hairstyle rather than a mop.
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Both of my (once again - poorly bred hatchery chicks [​IMG]) red silkies had/have the hairdo that looks swept back, both have very small crests. At almost 18 weeks of age, I think they always will. Now, if that's supposed to be a well bred silkie, I'd jump on it being male. But I wouldn't use that to sex it otherwise, unless you begin to see individual streamers that really stand out from the rest of the "hair."
     
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  7. AprilW

    AprilW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This one is definitely hatchery bred. I've seen show quality Silkies and they're gorgeous, but the only way this one can stay is if its a pullet (I hope it is). I'll hang on to "Fluffy" for a little longer.
     
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  8. Aria

    Aria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    April, Not ugly...it just does not have a beard. Bearded Silkies are more attractive. You must be partial to bearded...most are. I know I am. Regards, Aria
     
  9. AprilW

    AprilW Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Regardless of whether it is cute or not (I don't think it is), I can only keep it if it is a pullet.
     
  10. TeriyakiChicken

    TeriyakiChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Beautiful little pullet <3 <3 <3
     

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