Six month old gender??

cassbickford

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These are Easter egger x silkie mixes that I hatched out six months ago. I’m still having trouble determining gender on a few of these. At one point I thought I knew what they were, and now I’m still not sure. They are not crowing or laying. Thoughts?

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BreanneRN

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Seeing pullets mostly, the buff cresteds and the others, at 6 months they should be crowing by now if cockerels... So cute! Mixed breeds are hard to sex, though, especially with the silkies. 2nd pic has roosters in the background... Interesting to see, I have some EE/Silkie crossbreds but they are just 3 weeks now. Fun to see how they might turn out. My EE hen bred with 2 Silkie roos and a buff brahma. I have 3 from the Silkies and 3 from the Brahmas. I am having to brood them, an evil fox got their mother at 2 weeks after hatch. Cockerel in background of 3rd pic, too.
 

cassbickford

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May 20, 2013
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By that age the saddle feathers on a male will be very pointed. If the feathers on the back are round then you have a female. ;)

Right, but I think because they are 1/2 silkie, they have untypical feathering which are not consistent with what we're used to. I have several roosters of this same breeding that actually do not really have saddle feathers at all and what they have are more round vs your typical pointy saddle feathers. Definitely roosters and definitely crowing. These three are the three that are not crowing/laying and look like their gender could go either way.
 

cassbickford

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Seeing pullets mostly, the buff cresteds and the others, at 6 months they should be crowing by now if cockerels... So cute! Mixed breeds are hard to sex, though, especially with the silkies. 2nd pic has roosters in the background... Interesting to see, I have some EE/Silkie crossbreds but they are just 3 weeks now. Fun to see how they might turn out. My EE hen bred with 2 Silkie roos and a buff brahma. I have 3 from the Silkies and 3 from the Brahmas. I am having to brood them, an evil fox got their mother at 2 weeks after hatch. Cockerel in background of 3rd pic, too.


Here are some more pics of them as well as some others from several more hatches of the same breeding:
 

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