It seems like all my young silkies have 'hard' flight feathers. Not many, but enough to notice. I am thinking this is undesireable, making them pet quality? It's not that I plan on showing them. I think the closest show is at least 2 hours away. I was just wondering if I bred them for eggs to sell, would this make them pet quality? I know nothing of the parents, I bought all these chicks at an auction. Also, at what age do they start crowing? I am pretty sure I have at least 1 cockerel, it is much bigger than the others. I have read many posts that say their silkies start crowing at 3-4 months? I am not sure how old mine are, but I believe they are about 10-12 weeks. Ok, one more ?... How can you tell the sex if they aren't crowing or laying? I have read on here a different post that said something about their feathers on their heads? Anyone know what this is? Or any other ways to tell? Thanks!! Also, which is better? Bearded or non? I have non bearded, and I read a post that someone said they are mostly bearded. Is this undesireable as well?