Spring silkies

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sonz77, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. sonz77

    sonz77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 white silkies, a girl and boy I was told, just want to be sure! They are a spring hatch 2013, so almost full grown. Thanks!


    1. She is tiny, half the size of the cockerel
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    2. This is the boy

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  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't see any hard evidence it's a male, and he should be showing at least some signs by now. Maybe it's a stealth rooster... 'He' has the facial development of a hen though. The physical size doesn't really mean anything, males of many breeds are about the same size as females. Sometimes larger, sometimes smaller, but overall they stand more upright and seem larger because of it. The crest is a bit bigger but still well within the limits of a typical females' crest and could get larger without being typically male, too.

    If you're friends with the person you got them from, maybe ask them. I think they gave you two hens. I had mine sexed by the breeder to get all females and she was wrong on 2 out of 10. Best wishes.
     
  3. ClucksAndPeeps

    ClucksAndPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking hens.
     
  4. sonz77

    sonz77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!! I have not heard any crowing or seen fight posturing like a roo, just pecking the smaller ones.

    If 'he' is a she, that's good news for me! I bought them as a pair from a couple, which was totally fine because they look beautiful to me, but I do have 8 other babies, that we're pretty sure 2 of which are roo's.
    I am amazed that people can see a difference a male and female, I am still very new to this!
     
  5. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    It's all experience, soon you too will be spotting males at younger and younger ages. :)
     
  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    spring is a wide range of time. When did they hatch? March or June?

    They look young to me. Maybe 8-10 weeks.

    I think you have a pair.
     
  7. ChickenPeep

    ChickenPeep Faith & Feathers

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  8. sonz77

    sonz77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They were born the first week of May, so they are 14-15 weeks old, they don't 'peep' anymore. here is an additional pic of the second one from behind

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  9. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Yep that there is a boy for sure.
     
  10. sonz77

    sonz77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, thanks!! At least I got that pic BEFORE the dust bath, he's not so white at the moment! lol
     

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