SILKIES. Male or Female

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by crazyelk, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. crazyelk

    crazyelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have silkies that are about 12 weeks old. What is the quickest and the easiest way to tell the sex of these birds?
    Pics would be helpful.


    Thanks much, Jason
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2008
  2. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's really hard to tell when they're that young, or at any age for that matter. And they all develop differently, so the best advice I can give you is take good pics of your birds and post them for everyone else to see and put their opinions in.
     
  3. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no "quick and easy" way to sex them at 12 weeks. If you post pics, we can give it our best shot [​IMG]
     
  4. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi Jason,

    Post those pics and let us give you our best guess.
     
  5. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Jason. With Silkies sexing is very difficult, but there are some indicators to look for. The crest is different in male and females. In males there will be spikey feathers of varying lengths flipping back toward the tail. The crest of the pullet is usually a puffball will all feathers of uniform length. The shape of the comb differs (size of comb in young birds is not a very good indicator). The males comb is wide from side to side. The female usually has a thinner comb that is longer from front to back. Body form and tail feathers are other indicators that I use.
     
  6. crazyelk

    crazyelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about these? Can you tell me anything about these pics?

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    Thanks for the help.
     
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2008
  7. kentuckysilkies

    kentuckysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The white ones look like hens the other two are roos.
     
  8. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    I agree the white ones look like hens, the other two are hard to tell, better pictures would be needed.
     
  9. Enchanted Sunrise Farms

    Enchanted Sunrise Farms Overrun With Chickens

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    i agree, the white ones are hens, gorgeous hens. Having trouble seeing the other two clearly. But you are very lucky to have such pretty birds.
     
  10. crazyelk

    crazyelk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. I will get some more pics posted this weekend.
     

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