Silkie thread!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by americana-chick, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks for the response. What am I looking for as far as their comb and crest to sex them? Will their comb be larger for a roo? It is so minimal to start with. Also, will the roo feathers be glossier? the blacks look that way, but I can't tell on the whites.

    We wanted more but they did not hatch. We started with 18 eggs, three hatched, one never grew and didn't make it a week, the second developed wry neck and didn't recover. So, we have one tiny fluff ball in with Favorelles, Houdans and Araucanas. You know how chicken math is.
     
  2. marquisella

    marquisella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    None of my Silkies are broody now, but I put 12 Silkie eggs under a broodie Wyandotte. The only thing I'm worried about is that she might be too big to hatch out the chicks...break the eggs, or squish the chicks...should I be worried?
     
  3. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Unless they are hatchery/feed store type chicks the females will develop very little comb. The males combs usually start to swell a bit around 8 - 10 weeks. Between 3 and 4 months the males usually develop little "streamers" off the back of their crests that look like stray hairs. Some males are very late bloomers and will look like a female till 6 months. I can usually start to tell mine at 10-12 weeks as the girls start getting pretty quite and the boys stay active. There is also a subtle beak shape that we are just learning is an indicator. The males do get some gloss especially on any non silkies feathers (females too), but you usually know it's a male before that. Some males don't have a very round shaped crest though the better quality ones often do. Both males and females play fight but the males seem to continue to do it as they age and the females get quiet. That's my experience but others have different things they look for.
     
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  4. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    The ones with out a vault are not as delicate in my limited experience.
     
  5. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    One of my new porcelain chicks, I'm a very proud new member of the Silkie owners club ;)
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    The 5 of them together, I can't believe these homely little chicks will turn into beautiful Silkies one day!
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    Thanks for looking- I'm sure I'll be visiting this thread alot!
     
  6. Puddin Fluff

    Puddin Fluff Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks! Right now I am very happy the he/she is tough and doesn't let the bigger chicks boss it around. We love watching it run around. We shy she has snow shoes on. She loves to be held and will fall asleep on your lap. I am sure our future holds morr.
     
  7. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh, they go through some hilarious stages but they every day. So fun to watch them. Beautiful colors you have there!!! Hope you'll post more as they grow!!
     
  8. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm sure it does! They're like potato chips!!
     
  9. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you! I'll be more then happy to post more pictures as they grow, y'all may even get tired of seeing them ;) The breeder (who's a fellow BYC member) had GORGEOUS birds, so I'm super excited to watch them go through all of their little chicky changes!
     
  10. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have two 10 week old porcelains and one that's 10 days old. My older ones have changed color a lot!
     

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