I've never bred chickens before and so I am curious. Do they mix the same way, say, a dog or cat would mix? A few characteristics of mama and a few from daddy? This came to mind because the 5 chicks I have now came from my neighbor and she has several different breeds that all live together. I'm sure they mix and match themselves and so I'm curious about two of my little chickies. If a silkie mixes with another breed what characteristics of the silkie might show through? Woud they still have the 5 toes or is there a really good possibility they would only have 4? So many different breeds of chicks look the same. How is this? My cuckoo marans look a heck of a lot like other breeds. And one of my little bantums looks just like a chanteclear but I don't think my neighbor had any of those I'm an endless pit of questions about breeding and the genetic side of things.