What sex is my 5 week old silkie?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickenslover86, Aug 5, 2013.

  1. chickenslover86

    chickenslover86 New Egg

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    [​IMG] I am desperate to know! Thank you! Also, his/her poof on the head doesn't seem very big. Is this normal for a silkie this age?

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  2. RockerHen

    RockerHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's really too early to tell. Silkies are tricky. And on the head poof: if it's a silkie from a hatchery/feed store, it isn't very likely to have a large crest. I would give it a few more weeks though. My stock at around 6 weeks look like this.
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  3. chickenslover86

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    He is from a feed store. Darn.. I was hoping he would be super poofy :) that's ok though, he still a sweetie. What age do you think I'll be able to tell the sex and how?

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  4. RockerHen

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    If you want super poofy, you should get into contact with silkie breeders in your area. Even their culls can be super poofy, just not able to be used for show/breeding because of little things like toes or wings. But no matter the poofiness, they have some of the sweetest personalities of all the breeds. [​IMG] I would say around 4 months. It is actually easier to tell on hatchery stock, all the fluff doesn't cover up their face [​IMG] Comb growth and the appearance of 'streamers' is how you tell for cockerels. Streamers are long, slick, shiny feathers that extend from the crest in cockerels. Hens will have a uniform 'puff' of feathers, no streamers. Here's a cockerel. See the streamers?
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  5. chickenslover86

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    He is soooo cute! Unfortunately there are no breeders in my area.. i live on a little island in the middle of the pacific ocean. I'm sure the feed store got him from a hatchery. Does anyone have photos of their silkies at around 5 weeks, then around 4 months?
     

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