Hi all, I have some questions about this young silkie that I had hatch in December. First, all of my birds have been bearded, but I have this one that seems to be non-bearded. I haven't had a chick like this, and I can't imagine what else it could be. Does this happen very often? I am guessing some sort of recessive gene that makes it appear "out of nowhere"? Even though I like bearded, I have been really happy with the chick, and couldn't wait to see how she turned out. I am getting pretty good at guessing the sexes of the chicks... they usually confirm my guesses when they crow or don't. But this weekend this cute round little baby suddenly has these long gangly legs. Family members said stuff like "oh, her neck seems longer because she doesn't have a beard..." I said and how do you explain those ostrich legs? What do you all think? Thanks for any input.