silkies and top hats

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickemee, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been looking at silkieand tophat pics but i can't really tell what the difference is between the roos and hens. Can someone post pics and explain to me the differences.


    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
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    Top hats? are you looking for polish? If so there are some on "my page" at the bottom of this post.
     
  3. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two polish,,,,I think it is the size of their hair the hen is more of a pom pom a bit smooth and the Roo is like a crazy hat sticking up all over. Does that help?
     
  4. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know about the silkies?
     
  5. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm a little confused about your question because silkies are silkies, and tophats are usually what polish chickens are called. You can't tell the difference between the males and females of which breed, the silkies?

    Sometimes there isn't a difference between the puff ball of fluff ontop of their head, you have to look at their earlobes and comb usually.
     
  6. Chickemee

    Chickemee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I meant the difference between a male and female silkie and a the differecne between a male and female polish. Sorry for not making the question clear.
     
  7. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Silkies are on the hard side to sex.
    For silkie roosters, they often have tsome longer feathers sticking out of their crest, like this: [​IMG]
    Where as the hen does not: [​IMG]
    Also, roosters have bigger combs than the hens, though not usually as large as this ones: [​IMG]
    Where as a hens comb usually looks like: [​IMG]
    You can also tell by the earlobes, but I can't remember how.

    Polish are much easier. Since they have normal feathers the males will have the saddle feathers, which are the long narrow feathers that hang down just infront of the tail. Their tails also are longer and have feathers that curl back. The main difference is their crest. Polish males have longer feathers that flip all over the place, kind of looks like fireworks going in different directions: [​IMG]

    Hens have a more compact comb and it should form an almost perfect, full circle, however the pet quality hens may have fewer feathers so they'll be more wild and roosterish looking. They dont have long pointed saddle or neck feathers, and their tails go straight up and dont have any feathers that curl back down. Here's a picture of one of my hens: [​IMG]
     

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