Silkie sexing

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Traceaskew, Mar 19, 2016.

  1. Traceaskew

    Traceaskew Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello, I posted a couple of times in the Silkie sexing thread but no one replies. I have 3 silkies that are 13 weeks old. Can anyone give me an idea on sex?

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  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    So far, from what I can see, they all look very girlie (nice round crests). However, good breeder/show quality birds have big, round crests (even the cockerels). Can you pull their crests back and give us a shot of each birds comb?
     
  3. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    From what I can see, they look like pullets to me as well.

    Silkie males are tall, lanky, and can have more mowhawk type crest, and will have a large walnut comb.

    Females are squatty, rounded, and have a pompom crest with very little comb.

    But I defer to the other poster regarding show quality crests.

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  4. Traceaskew

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    Thank you both :) they are from a very good show quality breeder. I will get more pics tomorrow. The very top pic had me thinking it might be male. His head feathers kind of go back like I read that male crests do and it's been chest bumping with my Easter egger cockerel (who was supposed to be a pullet but just started crowing today!) so I thought it might be a cockerel also. Do females ever challenge a young rooster?
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Yes, when they're chicks, they all fight with each other :)
     
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  6. drumstick diva

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    I also like to see head view with crest held or tied back- I want to see the comb.
     
  7. Traceaskew

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    Here a couple more pics of the paint Silkie I thought might be male. All 3 of their combs look like this. Sorry for the crappy pic, it wouldn't stay still!

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  8. Traceaskew

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    What does a male comb look like?
     
  9. howfunkyisurchicken

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    Seeing these new pictures, the comb does look pretty boyish. It also looks like there are streamers popping off the back of its crest [​IMG]
    Here are a couple of pics of one of my roos to give you an idea of how girlie they can look:
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    I thought he was a girl.
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    This was when he was around four years old. I couldn't find any in between pictures, sorry.
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  10. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Here are a few of mine for those of you who like to play this game [​IMG] These are almost 12 weeks old. I think I have 2 boys and 1 girl. I'm interested to see if y'alls guesses match mine.
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