Almost 4 months, and one Silkie finally let me in on the secret of it’s gender. Actually, it wasn’t a big surprise when I heard my white Silkie attempt to crow this morning. His name is now officially Jo, not Jojo.
Silkies are nearly impossible to sex until they’re mature enough to either crow or lay an egg. If you watch them often enough, their behavior sometimes offers a clue, but even still, nothing is ever for sure until that moment of truth.
This may be the answer to a common problem for chicken keepers who aren’t allowed by city ordinances to have a rooster.
Wearing this collar, a rooster may be no louder than a hen. Learn more…
Update: My thoughts after trying the No Crow Collar…
Didn’t work unless I literally made it so tight that I felt I was being cruel to my rooster.
Update: Tried the No-Crow Rooster Collar… I’m not impressed. My Rooster was VERY uncomfortable & could still crow.
Does this mean the semi-urban backyard chicken keeper can finally have a rooster? I don’t know! I’ll be watching for the reviews on this product, hopefully it will be positive.
The news of this No Crow Rooster Collar came in my email today from My Pet Chicken. You can learn more by visiting their website, but here’s a sneak peek of what they have to say…
New! Special introductory price! Can’t have crowing? You’re in luck. An enterprising, doting backyarder who wanted both roosters and happy neighbors decided to take matters into her own hands. She designed, tested, tweaked, tweaked some more, and finally patented the world’s only collar designed to dramatically reduce both the volume and the frequency of crowing.
Girls? Well, I have my doubts. Silkies are a new breed for me, so I’m having to rely on those who can better identify the early characteristics of their gender. According to the Silkie forum on backyardchicken.com (the chicken bible,) there is good reason to question the accuracy of my female sexed chicks from My Pet Chicken.
I’ll wait and see, until then, I will enjoy watching them grow and try not to worry that I may not be able to keep them all. Buying sexed Silkie Bantams is a gamble, so I’m wondering…
Will I be Lucky?
My Pet Chicken Corners the Market by Sexing Chicks, and the 15 Chick Minimum.
Anybody who has ever tried to buy sexed bantams found out quickly they’re almost always sold as a straight run, or not sexed. Almost always, meaning every hatchery I know of, except My Pet Chicken. Nobody seems to know how they do it, and I don’t know if in fact their accuracy rate is even commendable, but I’m going to find out soon. For the first time I was able to order less than the normal 15 chick minimum, and they’re sexed. That’s right, the minimum order of shipped chicks from My Pet Chicken (in most cases) is only three. Of course I paid a $premium$ for my sexed Silkie Bantam day old chicks, but it seemed worth it. If it is to you too, visit My Pet Chicken for all the details.
When ordering my chicks I did take into consideration the margin of error associated with sexing, and of course, the shipping survival rate. I’ll have more Silkies than I want, if they all survive, and are pullets, two will be re-homed.
The brooder is ready and waiting for my new arrivals. It is averaging 100 degrees in the day, and 85 at night in the outbuilding where they will be living for the next 4 weeks. It should be quite easy to maintain a suitable living environment through the month of September. There is a window for natural light, air circulation, plumbing, electric, and lots of space for me to work play in.
Brooder Out Building
The chicks will be moved to the coop between 4 and 5 weeks old, they will fair well in the mild temps of October until they are fully feathered at age 6-8 weeks. Sometime between now and then I’ll have the coop ready… not exactly chick worthy in it’s current state, but I’ll save that train wreck for another post.
♥ Five bearded & non bearded black Silkie Bantam chicks are expected to ship, Sept. 10th!