I have only dealt with 6 CL chicks, so take this with a grain of salt: Sometimes. My two cockerels had two types of down. They both look the same. The cockerel with the darker down may have a bit of red to him, but not much. Of my four pullets, three had similar down and one was very light. The light one has grown into the most lovely cream bird. Two of the others are average/lemony-cream, and one is gold.