1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Two of My Babies--My Silkies

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chicksgalore, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    My Silkies are definitely shier than the Polish. Anyway, I have 4 of them and 2 of them are very noticeably bigger than the other two. Are the bigger ones probably roosters or doesn't that have anything to do with it? Anyway, I saw something very dear tonight when I "put them to bed". I have a variety of 14 chicks that have been raised together from day 1 and they're 9 weeks old. 4 Silkies and the others are larger breeds. Tonight, 9 of the "larger" chickens were up on the roost and 1 of the larger ones (an Australorp) was down huddling the Silkies.

    Here are 2 of the Silkies. You should be able to see that the one is bigger than the other (I hope anyway). Can anyone tell what they are yet?


  2. herechickchick

    herechickchick Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Cute. I am not sure what sex they are yet, Silkies take a while.
  3. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Kind of hard to tell at 9 weeks, but maybe a closer up comb shot may help. Their combs are kind of wide from what I can see now.
  4. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    VERY Cute! The bottom one IMO looks like a boy. Not sure on the top one. Are they blues? It's hard to tell in the pictures but they look blue to me. They are adorable [​IMG] I have three silkies...one dark blue and two whites and I'm STILL wai†ing to see what my blue is.
  5. I would say both boys.
  6. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    Yes, they are blues. I am new to silkies and am probably going to ask a stupid question here but can you tell me why they're called blue? (as opposed to gray?)
  7. donnap1967

    donnap1967 Songster

    Mar 15, 2008
    Northern NJ
    I think it's just what the color is called. It's the same for dogs. A weinmeraner is considered blue as well but the color is really grey. Dunno the reasoning behind it but it's not just with chickens/silkies.
  8. marymac

    marymac Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    Northeast Ohio
    I think top is boy, bottom is girl,IMO.
  9. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Songster

    Oct 28, 2008
    JMO but I would say top pullet and bottom is more of a guess and go withpullet also... to me the top has a more feminine look... could be the angle.. it seems to me they appear to be feathering in the top of the head and it looks like it will make more of a Puff as in the hens..
  10. chicksgalore

    chicksgalore Songster

    Jul 19, 2008
    I think too the top one is more feminine looking. I have another small one that looks feminine and another big one like the bottom one that looks more "masculine". Interesting to see if they're like they look.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: