Silkies with 5 toes

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by angnic22, May 4, 2016.

  1. angnic22

    angnic22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi all! Just had to stop by tractor supply and they had a few silkies half off. Of course I bought some. As Travis Triut says, my resistance ain't that strong. Lol

    Im new to this breed. Can anyone tell me about them? What to look for so far as gender?

    Thanks so much!
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    It will be a while until you can sex them. Roosters will develop streamers to the topknot, and develop comb and wattles earlier.
     
  3. angnic22

    angnic22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What's the top knot?

    By the way, my son just returned home from the army after an 8 year enlistment. He asked to raise these. I see the addiction starting and I'm so proud :)
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    The topknot is the poof of feathers on the heads. Hens will have a more rounded one, roosters will have feathers that stream past the back of the skull. With silkies it takes longer to notice differences between the sexes, so be prepared for a wait, some up to 6 months.

    Chickens are a nice calming hobby, I find watching them be chickens, makes the world go away for a while. Your son choose a nice hobby.
     
  5. angnic22

    angnic22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you go the explanation. And I totally agree. I love just watching my flock and I see it in him too. Thanks again!
     
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Silkies are wonderful little birds, but they are terribly difficult to sex. Congrats on your little chicks! Here are a couple of my favorite grow outs from this years hatches, to give you an idea of how difficult they can be to tell apart!
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  7. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'll be in the barn!
    I notice that the cockerel's comb is more pronounced through the top knot than that of the hen...
     
  8. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep, usually. Those two were hatched January 1st, and I could just recently start telling them apart (I still have a few I'm unsure about). I also notice that my boys usually outgrow the girls rather quickly, but I've had big girls too. Some males are really obvious, others not so much.
     
  9. angnic22

    angnic22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! Yep. Most more difficult then the ones I have. Thanks for the input!
     

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