Silkie Sex Change?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by TurtleFeathers, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    Hi all -

    I have a group of 7 silkies that hatched in mid October last year, so they're just 6 months old. I know that that 3 are cockerels, first, because they crow - they also developed streamers, long neck feathers, small wattles and walnut combs between about 3 and almost 5 months of age.

    Of the 4 remaining silkies, 2 have just started to lay eggs, so I know they're pullets. I was pretty sure the other 2 were hens also, because they had no physical male characteristics - until a couple weeks ago, 1 of them started developing teeny tiny wattles. Then today, I noticed that not only have her wattles gotten alittle bigger, but "she" now has a small comb developing. "She" has no streamers, "she" has very short neck feathers, and "she" just doesn't seem to walk/stand as straight and erect as the cockerels do. PLUS, I've seen one of the cockerels attempting to breed with "her" on a couple different occasions.

    Any opinions on this? I know silkies are notorious for being hard to sex, but to my inexperienced eye, its especially difficult, so I thought I'd ask the experts!

    Thanks so much!

    Kathy
     
  2. Featherland

    Featherland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pictures would help. [​IMG]
     
  3. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    It is most likely that it is a girl at that age anyway. The fact that she grew tiny wattles and a small comb just means that she is close to begin laying more than likley. Some females do have a bumb or a small comb so do not let that panic you. [​IMG]
     

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