What gender are these 4ish month old chickens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by missweki, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. missweki

    missweki Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 5, 2015
    I purchased these two in March when they were just a week old, and now I can not really tell what gender they are.
    I know silkies are hard to sex and I may just have to wait and see, but maybe I can get a definite answer on the barbed rock.
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    barred rock looks like a pullet
  3. TheKindaFarmGal

    TheKindaFarmGal True BYC Addict

    May 4, 2016
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Crowley is a pullet. Can't help you with the silkies, but maybe someone else can.
  4. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    the silkies head puff isn't quite big enough to tell yet
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Barred rock is a pullet. I'm not used to beardless silkies. I would expect it to have more of a crest and fluffiness elsewhere. Is this a hatchery bird?
  6. missweki

    missweki Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 5, 2015
    I bought both of those babies from Tractor Supply, so I am unsure if they are considered hatchery birds or not. The silkies were labeled as bantams, but I did have more chicks (another barbed rock, another silkie, and two cornish) and the other baby silkie was half the size of the one I have now when they were babies, but only these two survived this far out of the six due to a bad case of coccidia last month. So I am not entirely sure if getting sick early in life might have affected feather growth or not.
  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    If they came from a feed store, they're hatchery birds. Your Silkies will likely never get a big crest, but they'll probably be great mamas, layers and pets! I'd expect to see bigger combs and wattles if they were cockerels, so I'm gonna guess they're pullets for now. That could change though, they're still pretty young!

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