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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:52 am 
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Hi, Just wondering if anyone could give me a rough idea or approx age they think this Silkie is? I bought her at a local poultry auction and have no idea. She tends to be on the bossy side with my other girls (RIR, Isa, Austrolop,Sussex)and was a bit flighty but after some TLC and cuddles has quietened down alot. Also wondering what colour Silkie she wood be classed as? Any help appreciated Julz
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Hi,

I'd say she looks about 3 to 4 months old when compared to my silkies. Hard to tell from photo tho. Can you take a photo when she is on the ground? Looks buff colour to me.

I'm a newbie myself though so hopefully someone with more experience will come along and tell us how well I guessed :D

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I think she is partridge (I just Lurve partridge!), but not sure about age. Her wattles are bigger than my 4 month pullet so I'm not sure...


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 10:49 pm 
me thinks you are asking a bit too much on her age. she could be 10 for all i could guess :lol:

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Is she laying? Could be partridge but is lighter partridge than mine. Really pretty though.

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The colour is partridge, albeit a lighter partridge than average. However it is a colour you do see quite a bit of variation in.

Age wise, she looks youngish to me... I'd peg maybe 5-7 months old. Wattles are a bit big for her to be much younger compared to many Silkies but she doesn't appear to have really filled out the way I'd expect in an older bird. IE I'd think you'd see an overall more plump appearance, more broadness in the crest, fuller in the breast, more arch over the saddle and a broader more fluffy tail. That said, if she's not from a showline then the breeder might just be breeding pet to pet and you could see less fullness in general even when she's fully mature. I've certainly seen plenty of what you'd term backyard bred or pet-line if you prefer silkies who simply haven't been bred for the degree of overall roundness and degree of fluff show-breeders aim for.

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Hi,
Thanks for everyones helpful replys. I realise it is hard to give an exact age of a chook especially from a photo. So im thankful to those who gave some rough ideas and great information about Silkies in general.She hasnt layed yet but Ive only had her for 2wks so not really expecting she will for a few mths. Ive added another closer up photo of her face. It looks quite aged however im sure if this is just a normal characteristic of Silkies ? Also what do the wattles and their size etc tell you about a chook and its age?
Thanks again Julz
Ps: Her name is Maria and yes she is pretty and is being very motherly to the sussex pullet next to her in the photo. It even tries to go under her wing which looks very funny given the size difference!!

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by the looks of her face to me she seems probably 2 yrs or more old
they get that older look around their faces, its hard to explain, but her eyes are a bit more sunken
she is a very pretty looking little girl.

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She does look a bit more wizened in the face doesn't she? :lol:

The wattles can help gauge a young bird because in young-but feathered birds they will be barely there, in a 'teenager' they'll be a bit larger than a young bird but not as big as a mature bird, and in a mature bird you expect to see full sized ones vs very babyish/immature looking ones. With my red comb/wattled birds I can also get a good idea of where they are in terms of lay because in the winter they tend to look different... different colour, reduced size a bit - bad description but you know it when you see it. Whereas in the spring and on lay they have bright red, glossy and plump looking ones. I find it's not easy for me to do the same with the silkies though! :lol:

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id say a 1-2 yo hen you can tell by it's face

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