What makes these silkie chickens roosters?

NeeNee Hen

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Hi I have recently been advised that these 10week old silkie chooks are infact roosters. Can you guys help me understand why they may be roosters for future reference?
body Features etc?
 

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pennyJo1960

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Wait a sec I have young silkie the wattle is red even now in a cockerel here let 5 of them go have one more I will send to auction get photos for you tomorrow
 

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Hi I have recently been advised that these 10week old silkie chooks are infact roosters. Can you guys help me understand why they may be roosters for future reference?
body Features etc?
Raised combs and presence of wattles in 10 week olds. Females will remain quite flat until shortly before laying age (usually 5+ months in Silkies).
In bearded birds the wattle growth will be inhibited by the bearding gene. So if wattles are present in a young bird with a beard, even more indication that it is male. 🙂
 

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