What exactly is a ‘smooth’ or ‘satin’ silkie?

Heatherwicz

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We have one chick, dominoes, who we were just guessing was a smooth, but not all of her feathers are ‘normal’ feathers. She has a lot of almost ‘silkie’ feathers, really soft downy ones almost, but a decent amount of normal feathers.
I guess my question is—What makes a silkie smooth/satin/sizzle/silkie?
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JacinLarkwell

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A silkie is a
Silkied: typical stereotypical silkie
Satin: flat feathering
Frizzle: frizzled flat feathering
Sizzle: Frizzled silkie feathers

All types need all other silkie traits (5 toes, blue skin, walnut comb and crest)
 

FuzzyCritters

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A smooth/satin silkie is a silkie with normal feathers. A sizzle is a silkie with frizzled silkie feathers. I'm not sure what yours is, her feathers might change as she get older.
 

ronkonkoma

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satins were once mixed with Cochin. Oh and most are moving away from the word SIZZLE and calling them SATIN instead so the word is interchangeable

A Silkie like the top left is just a Silkie. Should never be called anything different Your paint would be called a Smooth Satin. It will change a bit as it grows.
 

L0rraine

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satins were once mixed with Cochin. Oh and most are moving away from the word SIZZLE and calling them SATIN instead so the word is interchangeable

A Silkie like the top left is just a Silkie. Should never be called anything different Your paint would be called a Smooth Satin. It will change a bit as it grows.
This group of pictures is very helpful. Thanks for posting it. I have six, one week old, ‘potential’ sizzles (hoping for one frizzle or sizzle) and it will be awhile before I know for sure I guess. I have one definite smooth, likely no frizzles, but two with somewhat wild silkie feathering so I’m a bit hopeful for at least one sizzle.
 
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L0rraine

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I know I’m late to the conversation, but those feathers do have a lovely texture. If you see this, what do they look like now - a few months down the road?
 

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