silkie sexing

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by hdowden, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. reckless

    reckless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Huh, Willow's comb seems pretty light then. He is a hatchery chick after all.

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    I still think he's pretty [​IMG] (his comb does look a tad darker in person- the Instagram effects tend to lighten the pic up- but his waddles are coming in reddish).
    He's really sweet too. Easy to handle when I need to (taking him to the pen and whatnot) and will eat from my hand and let me touch him.
     
  2. jessishatley

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    I see what they mean about plum color, I just think everyone understand red better when we are talking terminology. My definite roo rocky is just now turning "red" on his comb and waddles. And as for my "hen?" I noticed the slightest reddening on her waddles. I don't know if hens can have red shading on their waddles so that's what had stumped me. Here's an example of My roos mulberry comb.
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  3. reckless

    reckless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What pretty silkies oh my goodness! :)
    And my hen, Gracey, is starting to grow some waddles and they have some red. She's 19 weeks.
     
  4. insanity

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  5. reckless

    reckless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I kind of want to say pullet because of the lack of comb and waddle development at that age.
    Plus, the body shape really reminds me of my pullet, Gracey.
    A side profile pic would be nice- of the neck and head specifically.
     
  6. Urchin

    Urchin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if your pictures are showing a true color of him, but he might be a washed out splash. I have one, too. He's a light silvery color with slightly darker grey splashing, and a dark red comb and waddle, while his sibling (still on the fence about the gender) is a darker base color with darker blue splashing, and a more traditionally colored comb and wattles. I read that shows up sometimes when you breed splash to splash or when you don't introduce a blue into the breeding every fourth generation or so.

    Here's my two for comparison:

    Pinto the "normal" splash. Normal in color only; it's rumpless, so it has no tail.

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    White Flame, the washed out splash. His dark spots are a little darker than what's showing in this picture, but my camera broke, so I have to depend on a cell phone camera to get shots for now. I still think he's a beautiful bird. He's really filled out since I took this picture about three weeks ago.

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  7. CarolinaHen

    CarolinaHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gorgeous birds!
     
  8. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Chicken Obsessed

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  9. cochins1088

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    Does anyone have pictures showing the difference between streamers and pin feathers in a crest?
     
  10. reckless

    reckless Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Willow kind of looks somewhere in between it seems- or, well like the washed out one you have since cell phones seem to wash out the markings. I mean, after all, I did just buy him from a hatchery as a "silver" when he was a baby, so he's definitely not a fancy proper splash, haha!
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    One I took last night with a flash.
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    And here are two with my Nikon.
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    See, I have NO idea how he was bred. When I looked at the hatchery's adult silkies, they were all white! They could have had more but that was all I saw, so I know nothing of his background, just that I got lucky instead of a flat gray color like I expected, he's some sort of splash :)

    This was him as a baby:
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    I started started noticing he had some dark feathers in his right wing at a young age- soon after I had purchased him. That's when I started to suspect something.
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