Rooster Jo

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.

Jo Silkie 1-15

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Keep Your Rooster Quiet, Here’s How

This may be the answer to a common problem for chicken keepers who aren’t allowed by city ordinances to have a rooster.

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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. 

 

 

Big News! No-Crow Rooster Collar

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…

NO CROW

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.
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Silkie Chicks 5 Weeks Old

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?

BB Flock 5 wks Oct 2013 3