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I just bought this Silkie and the man I bout it from claims that its a hen and has layed before. But it seems like he's trying to jump on the other hens possibly. Unless that's just it's way of the pecking order. It looks to me as a rooster but I'm not a professional. Also I know hens can have little spurs but this one has little ones just coming through.

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Not totally positive but looks like one of my Silkie roosters. Has a big comb.
Glad you are getting more chickens!
 

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He's a rooster. You can tell also by the long hackle feathers, the feathers on his neck. They are pretty, and lay long and nice on him. A hen has short hackle feathers. He's handsome!
 

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but mine is also not noisy so you might not mind him being a rooster. mine only crows in the am and in the hut before i let him out. also makes beauriful babies.
 

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I'm no pro at this but from other pics and that comb looks like a roo. Glad to hear your adopting more chickens.
 

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I have two silkie hens and this one looks very different to mine.. The posture is different and the way it's neck feathers lay flat, streamlined down his front. I would have to agree with everyone and say, looks like you have a rooster on your hands!
 

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Thanks everyone!! And yeah I'm re flocking!! I guess I'll have to bring him back and swap him for another hen! I would like to know some characteristics of the hens that all of you love! What hens should I get?
 

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Koko, most of the Silkie girls you won't see the comb. They usually have the poofy head. Don't think that is 100% true to all the girls but my girls do.
 

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My favorites are silkies and pekin bantams-also frizzle pekin bantams are quite cute! Do you them for eggs or pets?
 

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My favorites are silkies and pekin bantams-also frizzle pekin bantams are quite cute! Do you them for eggs or pets?
I am both for eggs and pets! I like to have a great variety of chickens! In the past I have had silkies, americanas, red stars, barred rock, a few bantam ones that I wasn't sure the breed, polish chicken.
 

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I don't actually have a pekin bantam just yet - they might call them something different here (in Australia) they are smaller and only lay little eggs! I Just love the smaller chicken breeds and don't mind only having little eggs as its just my fiancé and I - no little kiddies running around yet! I can't wait to have real babies that can play with the chickens!
 

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Yep, that is a boy you got there! He is a nice looking boy too. My favorite silkie girls are the partridges, then blues then the whites. At first I didn't like the non-bearded but they are growing on and I am starting to like them too. LOL
I will post some pics of my hens so you can kind of get an idea what to look for when you get some. Hope it helps!!
 

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Koko, you've already focused in on 2 major characteristics of a silkie roo, big comb size & spurs. Two more things to look for are streamer feathers coming off the top of the head & a very distinctive cape. The hens won't have any of these.
 
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