Silkie Roo or Pullet??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by powersurbanfarm, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. powersurbanfarm

    powersurbanfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,
    My name is Jen and I am new here. I live in a small town, right in the heart of downtown, where chicken keeping is not legal, but I have 6 little beauties anyway. I figured since my neighbor has 5 and the neighbor across the street has ducks, I was in fine company. I currently have a Buff Orpington, a RIR, a BR, a WC Black Polish, a Silver Cuckoo Marans, and a Black Silkie. They are all pullets, but I am confused by my Silkie (surprise, surprise!) They are all under 3 months, so still hard to tell with the silkie, but i was hoping some of you pros could help me tell if s/he is a pullet or a Roo. Here are some pics from this evening. Thank you all!!
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  2. Y N dottes

    Y N dottes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, welcome to BYC....
    Im not good on judging silkie genders... but i think its a roo(just a guess)
     
  3. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the first picture a little distorted? The crest in that picture looks like it's really swept back, which is a good indication of a cockerel. However the crest looks fairly round in the other side on shots, which is characteristic of a pullet!
     
  4. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

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    Hard to say... I'm guessing pullet
     
  5. powersurbanfarm

    powersurbanfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No the first pic is not distorted. The crest goes up and a little back. But the rest of it is a big puff ball and there are no streamers coming in on the back. S/He is a poor example of a silkie though I think because the feet feathers are VERY scraggly and hard. They have been like that and sparse since I got it at the local feed store. There is absolutely NO comb though, which makes me think pullet. It is a very confusing little chick. My friend said that I should change the name from Georgia to Hermie because the gender is so confusing.
     
  6. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pullet
     
  7. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    this does NOT hold true for hatchery silkies at all.

    there is really no comb development at all the crest has no streamers. looks like a pullet so far
     
  8. powersurbanfarm

    powersurbanfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a picture of the silkie in question with my DD. It gives you a better view of the crest.
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  9. Tricoglossus

    Tricoglossus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean that hatchery silkie pullets can have a "cockerel-like" crest that is swept back?
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2012
  10. I'm pretty sure it's a roo. (because of the tail)
     

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