the old 2 month silkie question

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chicken-rooquacks, Oct 21, 2017.

  1. chicken-rooquacks

    chicken-rooquacks Chirping

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    i need help sexing my silkie. i got him/her as a day-old chick. i'm guessing it was about 2 -3 months ago??? almost full grown in size, may still be growing in hackle feathers & tail feathers...? all my others were sexed as girls, and are other breeds. it is late enough on that i can tell the other breeds were sexed correctly. this one came un-sexed, and is my only silkie, so i have nothing to compare him/ her to. i have seen many helpful videos & pictures that distinguish very clearly for adult mature silkies. however, have found no such luck on comparison pictures for silkies this young.
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  2. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

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    I have 4 I know they are tough to sex mine are hens let tag a friend here
    @Hinotori to look at yours
     
  3. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers

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    It's hard to sex silkies. They are slow maturing. Many you can't tell on until they are old enough to lay. Partridge is the only easy one and that is only because the sexes actually are different colors.

    Looking at yours I don't see a big comb yet but it's still young for that. The tail has me guessing. I could go either way on the sex.
     
  4. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! And Nuts For Horses!

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    I'm guessing pullet. I don't see a big comb, but it would be nice to have a clear close up of it. I'm mostly going off the crest. It has a nice rounded one, and no streamers slicked back, like a male.
     
  5. chicken-rooquacks

    chicken-rooquacks Chirping

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    this is very helpful information! thank-you!
     
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  6. chicken-rooquacks

    chicken-rooquacks Chirping

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    very interesting about the comb...do silkie hens tend to grow their combs slower (and the males faster) as most breeds tend to?
     
  7. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! And Nuts For Horses!

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    Yes and no. They aren't going to be as obvious at an early age. But yes, a rooster should get a bigger comb faster.
     
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  8. chicken4prez

    chicken4prez Crowing

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    My Silkies are taking forever to mature. It's normal though!
     
  9. Arya28

    Arya28 Songster

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    Sometimes when there aren't very obvious signs for silkies, you just have to wait until that first crow or egg! I have a silkie that I (and everyone else) thought was a boy, right up until she laid an egg!
     
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  10. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers

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    Ive had known cockerels with big pullet looking round crests. They stayed like that until they started getting streamers off the back around 5 months.
     
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