I had to give my silkies a bath last night. While going through their feathers I noticed they had a lot of the plastic like wrapping still on them (I dont know what its called..). I remember the guy at the PetsMart (PetSmart?) told me when I bought my Parakeet told me to take the feathers between my fingers in a circular motion to help break it up. He said the birds also enjoy it. I tried doing it with my silkies but it just seemed so thick that it couldnt have been comfortable. They hatched out May 25 of this year. Could the feathers just be to young to break that seal on them? It didnt look to comfortable the way they all seemed so stiff..