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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:34 am 
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They are difficult to sex, the width of comb can sometimes show the cockerals but isn't positive when young, the pullets generally have a pom pom hairdo early on whilst the cockerals often have that I'm a cool dude swept back crest - hairdo if that helps. In saying that i had 2 that had narrow combs when young and pom pom crests and still turned out to be cockerals :doh .i have young silkies in the brooder at the moment and have been studying them to see if i sex them correctly from young but it's a challenge :roll: .


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:24 pm 
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I have had it suggested to me that male slikies have a slightly longer comb.

I wouldn't like to do it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:59 am 
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Thank you again Sue 55!
I in no way am imposing morals on the chickens. And I get what you are saying about this in the wild.
I've come across these issues when breeding for very specific recessive gene combinations (in sugar gliders, from your neck of the woods).
I think that due to the relatively new gene pools in the US (gliders) that, while line breeding is genetically acceptable, inbreeding is problematic.
With my silkies that's less of a concern. I than if I was breeding show birds for example pure white bantam silkies, there might be concern about the genetic combos. Mima is (I finally learned) a splash. Muneco is a buff albeit a darker buff.
It's fascinating how their combination has produced one (still) yellow chick, probably will turn darker like his dad, one deep blue with touches of orange on the chest, one light blue with lots of light yellow, one light blue with yellow/orange mostly on the chest.

I do not want to separate Mima from Muneco. So, theoretically, it works to keep any of their pullets with the parents.
The cockerels will likely get new silkie wives...

Since my neighbors crow and 2 pens on opposite sides of my property crow also, I'd have to like the sound, which I do.

I'll see about pics that I've taken recently to post.
Is there a way to post pics directly from my phone to this site?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:33 am 
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baby pics...sorry for the blurriness. I never knew chickens could move this fast!


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:19 am 
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My guess is first one boy, second is girl but the others are not really clear enough or front.on enough to guess..


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:39 am 
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I'll geet better pics and post those. I had thought I was supposed to show the profile/shape of the "top knot". I'd heard the feathers on males' heads go back more than the females?


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:35 am 
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Try to get some head shots that clearly show the comb and wattles.


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