Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by suenrob, May 15, 2008.

  1. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    I am new to silkies. My first hatch started yesterday and I have 14 so far. They are just adorable!!!!

    I have been looking up info about the vaulted skulls but haven't found much. Are they all supposed to have them? What does it mean, are they better quality or poor quality if they have them? I personally think its quite cute!!

    My next question is about sexing. Is there a way to tell what they are at an early age?

    That's it for now, but I'm sure I will have more. Thanks [​IMG]
  2. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    OK, I know there are LOTS of silkie people out there!!! Can some of you help me? Thanks a bunch [​IMG]
  3. Kanchii

    Kanchii Songster

    Silkies are one of the hardest breeds to sex. In most cases you wont even be able to tell until they are either crowing or laying eggs!

    Vaulted skulls tend to make them have bigger, more full correct crests, so most show birds have vaulted skulls, but it isn't a necessity to produce a nice show bird, I've seen great ones with regular skulls. Unless they are from show lines that have lots of vaulted skulls as parents, you might not even get any.

    Have fun with your silkies!
  4. suenrob

    suenrob Songster

    Jan 22, 2008
    Ft. Myers, FL
    Thanks Kanchii, I've got 2 so far out of 14. I was hoping the boys had the vaults and the girls didn't (wishful thinking, huh?)
  5. BamaChicken

    BamaChicken Orpingtons Bama Style

    Nov 14, 2007
  6. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Birds with vaulted skulls are generally suseptible to brain damage, as there's a hole in the skull that exposes the brain. Many silkies with vaulted skulls have fuller crests, but you dont need a vaulted skull to get a great crest. I have some silkies with awesome crests that do not have vaulted skulls.

    You'll probably have to wait several months before you'll be able to tell the sex on them.
  7. Must Be Losing It

    Must Be Losing It Lost It

    Mar 3, 2008
    Uxbridge MA
    I'm going to second the vaulted skull issue w/ brain damage. I'm tending to a young silkie who was pecked by an older chick and he's been way off his rocker ever since.

    However, I love my silkies and wouldn't trade them for anything.

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