Soooo, we only have one highlander-eque egg that survived my first time incubating, haha. We called around and we couldn't find day-old chicks but we did get someone who had some month-old silkies in a few different colors... I figure if I keep them in a pen near the brooder it's better than being totally alone. We're going out to see them tomorrow and we might pick up a couple. She has a buff that I'm really interested in (I love that color!) but the rest are a mixed bag of colors- I'm not sure if they're all from different hens or what. I have no idea if they are 'show quality', but should I be looking for anything specific? I don't suppose it really matters, but if I get bitten by the silkie bug and decide I want them for more than just pets it'd be nice to have something to start with. I realize at a month old determining the gender will be kind of a crapshoot, so I decided to focus on color/conformation. Is there any particular color that would be 'better' to breed to buff? I realize buff x buff is probably the most ideal. Would I be better off getting a blue and a splash, or two blues? I think the options were, white, blue/black, splash, and the buff. And maybe a black. Gosh, I can't even remember anymore. As far as QUALITY goes, what 'shade' of blue/buff/etc should I be looking for? And how much feather coverage? I think the ad said they had bearded and non-bearded, does that matter? Can you tell if they're going to be bearded or not at 4 weeks? ...Am I making my life a lot harder by worrying about these things?