I have a chick with normal feathering throughout but silkied feathers on its tail. I am waiting for further feather development so I can see if there is more silkied areas on this chick. Heres a bit of backstory: So a few years ago, I bought a bunch of mutt chicks off of a feed store that were labeled as silkie crosses. Only one of these crosses had silkied feathering, and that one did not mother this strange chick. The parents both did not have silkied feathers, but the mother (Which was a different mutt from the same group of crosses) did have an unexpressed silkie gene. The way I know the mother was not the only silkied mutt is because the chick has a peacomb but the father has a straight and the silkied mutt has a straight. The only silkie cross that could possibly produce a peacomb is the unsilkied cross with a walnut comb. So what is going on? Is it even known for partially silkiness to occur? The hookless feather gene is recessive, so how could two parents without hookless feathers produce such offspring? Is this just a coincidental mutation and has nothing to do with the chicks parentage?