|White Silkies - chicks A-D|
Right from the start we knew we wouldn't keep the roosters, so we've tried not to get too attached. Easier said than done. Actually, it's a good thing we're not keeping them all. Eight chickens is a bit much on an inner city suburban block. Our neighbour has relatives with a farm and he's keen to take the roosters and I'm already feeling a teeny bit sad. We've avoided giving them names until we know which ones we'll keep. Except for, I'm ashamed to say, the black silkie with a lame leg. She's been branded by her disability "Wonky". At least two of the whites, I'm guessing, are roosters. They're bigger and have developed combs more quickly. I know nothing about rooster behaviour but these two like to do a bit of chest-butting! They puff up their chests and run at each other. Surely they're boys?!
Our silkies are now seven weeks old. At ten weeks I'm going to post a photo on the Backyard Poultry website and see if the experts there can help us determine which will stay and which will go. But in the meantime I thought it might be fun to see if there are any chicken fanciers out in blogland who'd like to test their sex-determining skills. Or maybe you know nothing about chickens but enjoy a bit of a game. Now I'll give you a hint. Those two chest butters are chicks A and D in the photos. But just because they're chest-puffers don't assume they're boys. I know plenty of girls who'll puff their chests up given the right circumstances. I'm going on a little holiday so won't blog for a few days and we won't know the results for much longer yet, but I promise to let everyone know who has guessed most accurately.
Oh, and one last word of advice. I don't want anyone breaking my heart and telling me they're all roosters. At least one of those white fluffy ones must be a girl. I know I'm not supposed to have favourites but I do - and she'd better be a girl.
Here are the photos. Sorry to those disinterested for an endless stream of chick pics and apologies that I haven't managed better photos. It's very hard to get close ups of four squirmy chicks at a time and get them to smile for the camera.
|White chicks A-D left to right|
|Black Silkies - Chick E (left) and Chick F (right)|
|Chick F (right)|
|Chicks G & H|
|Chick G (Wonky)|
|Chick H (right)|