Silly Question about silkies

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by m00res, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. m00res

    m00res Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just adopted two young "girls", but one looks like a rooster to me. I'm sure this is a silly question but is it possible to have a female with streamers? I bet not... I'll try to get a pic in the morning. Thanks!
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    No, only roosters are supposed to have streamers. Post a pic. [​IMG]
     
  3. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Only the males will get streamers. A pic will help [​IMG]
     
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  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    What are streamers?
     
  5. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In this pic, the cockerel is to the far right, the other three are hens...if you look at the male, you can see long whispy feathers coming from the back of the crest, which are not present on the females...these whispy feathers are the streamers.

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  6. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Cool, I'll have to go check them again tomorrow. I think I have 5 pullets and one roo, how lucky is that? Only prob is the one that looks rooish is a straight comb, but it is pretty tiny. (the comb, not the bird! The bird is easy twice as big as the others, and they are all the same age)
     
  7. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have pics of them? Usually, sexing a silkie with a single comb is easier than one with a walnut comb. If the comb is small, it could be a pullet. How old are they?
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    The pics I have are all old, at least 2 or 3 months ago. I bought them as babies this summer. I think they are about 5 or 6 months. Probably closer to 6 months. I'll try to get new pics tomorrow. It's supposed to snow, so I don't know how much luck I'll have. But that one and two others were 'singing' to me today, so idk.
     
  9. m00res

    m00res Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh yes, he is a roo! Darn, darn, darn! I am terrible at this. I just got a rooster rehomed today!!! GRRRR... Oh well, he is really sweet. He can stay until he crows. (That was the deal for the last roo) Man! :)
     

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