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.
It’s a rough beginning for a chick hatched at a professional hatchery.
Wow, can’t even imagine how scary it must be to go through all this…
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!
The Campine chicken, pronounced Kam-peen, is a beautiful and rare breed that originated in the Kempen Country near Antwerp, Belgium. They are close relatives of the Belgian Braekel. The Campine chicken comes in two varieties, the Silver and the Golden. Hens and roosters are nearly identical in feather coloration.
In 1893, Campine chickens were first imported into America by Mr. Arthur D. Murphy of Maine and the American Poultry Association recognized the breed in 1914.
Type: Large Fowl
Size: Male: 6lb. / Female 4lb.
Purpose: Egg Laying
Recognized Varieties: Silver & Golden
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4
Moderately cold tolerant
Not especially docile
Alert, intelligent, active
Expect about 3 medium to large white shelled eggs per week.
When Silver Campine females are mated to Golden Campine males the chicks can be sexed at day-old – the female chicks have a reddish blush and the males have gray on the top of their heads.
ALBC Status: Critical
For more information about the Campine visit the ALBC (American Livestock Breeds Conservatory.)
Here’s a Helpful Hint on How to Tell
- Polish Rooster, 4 months. Look at the thickness & sturdiness of the legs.
- Polish Pullet/ Hen, 4 months. Notice the thin dainty legs and feet.
I chose this particular breed of chicken because sexing them is quite apparent by looking at their legs & feet. However, some breeds aren’t that easy, the Silkie in particular. But most heavy breeds like the Rocks, and Orphingtons it’s pretty obvious. Hope this little trick is helpful!