What age can you tell with silkies?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mommakurk, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. mommakurk

    mommakurk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What age can you start to guess or look for signs of sex on silkies/sizzles?
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Some are obviously males at just a few weeks old, with huge combs. Partridge and buff colors may have a darker shade of red/gold on the shoulders/wings. Some keep you guessing until they start crowing, which might not happen until 8 months or so.
    Silkies can be very difficult.
     
  3. mommakurk

    mommakurk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much I heard they are very hard to sex.. Can they act a certain way that can give it away?
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    If comb development doesn't give them away by 3 months old, you'll have to wait for the adolescent cockerel behaviors. Those include crowing, fighting intensely with other suspected/known males, dancing and trying to mount females.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    X2 on both of junebuggena's posts.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Agree with Junebuggena
     
  7. mommakurk

    mommakurk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do females & males have different personality
     
  8. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Not really. But kind of. My Silkie roosters are very mellow. Silkie roosters will also get streamers, which are longer feathers that stick out on the back of (and sometimes all over) their crests. Females don't get streamers giving their crest a nice, even round look.
     
  9. mommakurk

    mommakurk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome thanks, didnt know about the streamers.. All three are very different.
     
  10. mommakurk

    mommakurk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Boomerang is verrry chill & our lil love bug! My son just carries him around the house an pretty quite.
     

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