Hey all, the small flock is doing very well, which is great news, but I have some questions... I understand silkies are difficult to sex, but do thety follow the same feathering patterns as most other breeds? We ahve four, and the two largest are feathering the quickest. Are they just developing faster or is this a sex thing? What is the difference between body types of males or females? Also, the tiniest is only feathering on the wings, but has the most feet feathers, does this mean anything? Also, is there such a thing as too much attention? I assume there is, but what would that be? I guess I'm just addicted! I try to keep at 5-15 minutes per chicken at a time...but it can take a little bit before that calming them down! Does it make much of a difference if they...say fall asleep in a lap vs. a palm? Our RIR roo is between 10 and 11 weeks old. He was our first chick, and by far the warmest to us as a baby. We now think we have to attribute this to him being cold and hungry when we first had him (wrong food, small light) so he was ATTATCHED to us. Since about 8 weeks, he's been more and more distant getting to the point of frightened of us. He (with a 7week old BO pullet) is in a temp coop and the 2 of them get to hang out in our backyard (we are in the burbs) for about 6 hours a day. It is a PAIN to catch him! He seems so scared now, is this a hormonal thing? Also, will this rub off on our Sweet B (the BO), because she is the sweetest and we don't want her to be like this. But, am I right to understand she might increase her skittishness for a few weeks, coming up in a few weeks? SORRY for the wall of text, but I felt it was best to cover it all here instead of a million topics because they all seemed fairly general.