I have a mystery that I was hoping the BYC'ers could help me solve. I went to the FS a few weeks ago to pick up some silver laced wyandotte chicks, and in the same pen there were some cute little chipmunk looking chicks. The label said they were gold-spangled hamburgs, and they were so cute and kept hopping into my hands as I tried to catch the SLW's that I couldn't resist buying a couple. Once I got home I read up on the hamburgs and was pretty happy that I had gotten them, though I was a little puzzled because the adults did not have beards or muffs and the chicks I bought did. I kind of shrugged it off, thinking that maybe the chicks were just extra fuzzy and the beards would go away once they were grown. (denial) The beards have stayed, however, and recently someone posted a pick of a Russian Orloff chick that looked EXACTLY like my supposed hamburgs. I read the info on the Orloffs, and what I found says that they are poor layers and used more as meat birds. Since then I have been trying to find as many pics of Orloff and Hamburg chicks as I can for comparison. I found some great pics of the Orloffs, but could not find any good ones of the Gold Spangled Hamburgs (lots of silver, no gold). Does anyone on here have pics of GSH as chicks? I also have taken some pics of mine and will be posting them later. If these are Orloffs, can anyone who owns those tell me more about them? Are they really bad layers? On the upside, I guess they are really neat looking, but I kinda had my heart set on the hamburgs.