In the parrot world, birds are often "mystery gender" until sexed by DNA, because they are not sexually dimorphic. I call my 13 year old African grey a "she" but it's just an educated guess, no one really knows. It can be done with samples of blood, feathers, or egg shell. It costs around 20-25 dollars. Has anyone ever done this with chickens? I know for most people this would just be ridiculous, because they have many chickens, and in time the chicken will be identifiable as roo or hen (through looks, or in rare cases through egg or crow). My issue is I want a silkie pullet as a pet. I absolutely can't have a roo here, and silkies take so long to mature to the point they're identifiable, and seem to be among the trickiest to sex. I'd love to get a younger chick, rather than a started bird. If I asked a breeder to have this done at my expense, would they think I was nuts? XD Yeah, I'm pretty embarrassed just asking. Ha!