I had a silkie rooster for a while that hung out with the flock but never mated with the hens (bigger rooster wouldn't let him). Instead of the typical cotton ball look he had smooth feathers. He was super sweet, but I decided to sell him because I wanted to start breeding true to standard silkies. I found a great home for him with a person who just wanted a sweet little chicken pet, a.k.a. yard candy.
Well, I have been hatching many of our barnyard eggs for a while but never had one even remotely look like a silkie. The same was true for this adorable little chick from one of the red sexlink eggs. The little cockerel looked just like the hen when she was a chick. Then some wing feather started growing that took on the appearance of silkie feather. Ok then. My little roo managed to "tag" a hen before departing the farm. No big deal, the chick is super sweet like his dad. Well, the little chick is now 4.5 weeks old and hasn't grown any more feathers. It still has its chick fluff and a goofy looking wings.
What do I do? Is there anything I can do? He is eating and drinking and growing bigger. Even his comb has gone a beautiful bright pinkish red color. He just isn't getting his body feathers.