SILKIES - pullet or cockerel??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Shayna, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. Shayna

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    Ok some help please! I have 4 paint silkies and one black that carries the paint gene. I know I have 1 hen and 1 rooster. Then there are 3 others about 4 months old that I'm not sure on, but I suspect they are 1 cockerel and 2 pullets. Here are some pictures, please let me know what you think!
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    #2 pullet??
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    #3 cockerel?? (he's sure got the attitude!)
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  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I think your guesses are right.
     
  3. Shayna

    Shayna I [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]

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    Quote:Great, thanks!
     
  4. poofball

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    I think you are correct very pretty paints . I have had my paints since april the second i just love watching them hatch see what comes out next .
     
  5. Silkiesandco

    Silkiesandco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Canada eh?
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  6. Shayna

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    Quote:Thank you, I cannot wait until I have eggs!!! I'm so excited to find out what colors I'll get. Here are my older hen (background) and roo (front) so I'm hoping I'll have eggs soon!
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  7. Shayna

    Shayna I [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]

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    Ok well this brings me to another question.... With silkies, how bad of a ratio is 2 roos to 3 hens?
    Later I may add 2 or 3 hens, but I really don't want more than about 8 grown chickens at a time. I like the idea of keeping a second rooster- paint roos aren't easy to come by...
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    You really do need more hens and less roos. I think they usually say a ratio of one roo to 10 hens., OR a a great place for hens to hide and escape them. Maybe you could rotate you roos so only one is with them at a given time.
     
  9. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:That should be fine.

    When I put my breeding pens together i'll set them up in pairs or trios. Never any problems with overmating. I also keep their bums trimmed, otherwise they can get too fluffy and have poor fertility rates 'cause they don't make contact.
     
  10. Elite Silkies

    Elite Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    I think your right on the sexes. Just from what I have heard....... on the blacks, we can not be certain that the blacks definitely carry the paint gene. Nicely colored hen in the background of that last pic!
     

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