I also posted this on the genetics board too but thought you guys could answer it too I bought 4 silkies from a breeder that says he breeds show quality birds. I have a question regarding the way the feathers are coming in. I don't plan on showing any of my chickens but i did pay more for them compared to a hatchery and I was just wondering if the black ones might be mixed with something else? They are all 11 days old so I know they have a lot of feather to still come in but they just look so different on the wings. Or do some silkies have the flatter normal looking feathers versus the fur look?? I have 2 black ones that look like this. Their feathers seem more flat and normal bird like. (don't mind my lack of terms ) they also have a real lack of feather on the feet compared to the other 2. They also are much bigger and heavier. the other 2 are much smaller in stature and their feathers look like this with much more feathering on the feet.