Silkies - do I have a boy and two girls or two boys and a girl

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Katelee, May 23, 2012.

  1. Katelee

    Katelee In the Brooder

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    We have two Silkies and they look very similar. This is Gloria.


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    This is Henrietta and we are thinking it should be Henry... Henrietta doesn't look like Gloria at all. Thoughts?
     
  2. silkiemelon

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    How old are they?
     
  3. Katelee

    Katelee In the Brooder

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    8 weeks old still young
     
  4. Mr. Ree

    Mr. Ree Songster

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    The one in the second picture is for sure a cockerel. It also has a straight comb, which is a defect in Silkies.


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  5. Katelee

    Katelee In the Brooder

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    A defect as in do not show or as in will harm the bird. I don't show, Henry is a pet. These are our first Silkies and we have fallen for them and the breed.
     
  6. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing

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    I believe it's more a show thing
     
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  7. Katelee

    Katelee In the Brooder

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    Thank you!
     
  8. Mr. Ree

    Mr. Ree Songster

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    Its not just a show thing, its a purebred thing. Silkies arent supposed to have straight combs, they are supposed to have small rose combs. Defect just means that something about the bird isnt up to par with breed standards. This means nothing if you have them for pets, or not concerned with showing or breeding to standard.


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  9. chickenmaniac

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    that is awesome i never seen a silkie with a straight comb, i like it! but yes its a roo
     
  10. silkiemelon

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    Yes I agree, the second one looks like a cockerel to me.
    As for the first one... I'm not sure. I agree, it does look different then your second one, but that doesn't mean it's a pullet.
    I would give that one some more time.
    Good luck with them, they are very cute!
     

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