We just picked up 2 silkie chicks, one 2 wk old and one 3 wk old, that will be (hopefully) well socialized pets allowed indoor and out. We are absolutely not allowed to have roosters where we live and were assured these are both sexed as female - although everything I've read says you can't just turn them over, take a glance, and determine that the way the seller did. So, we are having them DNA sexed through avian biotech. They require either a blood spot from a clipped toenail a bit smaller than a dime or several chest feathers (which these guys obviously don't have yet). My question is - would nicking a toenail and allowing the drop to bleed be too much stress or blood loss for these tiny guys, even with styptic powder on hand to stop bleeding? We would like to return them ASAP if males rather than wait several weeks and become attached before contacting the seller. Any personal experience would be great, we don't want to jeopardize these guys.