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HorseMadWhovian
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Pros: Fluffy, friendly, cute, puffy, gorgeous, I could go on forever,

Cons: Nothing, they're amazing

I absolutely love my silkies, they never put a foot wrong, my hen always protect and mothers any new chickens. The rooster barely crows and I've never seen him pick a fight with any chickens.

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They sound so adorable!! And those hair styles??!! :D
I am incubating 6 red partridge silkies eggs ..my first attempt at incubation ..interesting that your rooster is not noisy ..might be inclined to keep one if I get a hatchling ..so far I only have 4 hybrid s which I bought as 12 week olds
I am getting some, I just hope no cougars go after 'em...
To DuckRaiser - "no cougars will go after 'em" if you plan a good security environment - which also means not integrating 2.5-lb bantams with heavy LF that are 6-lbs or over.  Heavy LF chicken breeds are okay as pullets but once they reach full maturity at 1.5 to 2 years old they start to bully smaller breeds and Silkies.  
 
If you free-range then you'll lose all your poultry if there's no security.  We free-range but in a backyard yet still supply the fowl with a lot of coverage - a popup canopy, low lean-to's scattered about against buildings and fences, recycled doghouse (once all 4 of our hens dove for cover in it from a chicken hawk), lots of chicken-friendly plants, shrubs, and stickery plants like boysenberries or rosebushes to snooze/hide under.  They don't like to forage in the open for long and know how to dive for cover when the hawk alarm is sounded by the alpha chicken but we have to do our part and provide those various covers.  If you have chicks in the yard then the crows and hawks will definitely target them so best not to free-range chicks and wait until they are 5-6 months old outdoors to learn from the seasoned older chickens where to forage and where to hide. 
 
Good luck with your Silkies, enjoy them, and remember they are surprisingly hardy but we have to use good sense in giving them some protection as well.  With a lot of face fluff they are naturally skittish from not seeing very well but mine have whittled down a lot of their face fluff and leg fluff because of free-ranging and are quite predator savvy.  Love watching the barnyard alarm from one of the hens to watch how they all dive for cover - even if it's only a floating mylar balloon in the sky!
Sylvester- I free range mine during the day, we've never had any troubles with that :)
My rooster silkie protects all his hens and one of my hens is so fussy over new chickens, gotta love them ;)
To HorseMadWhovian - we've never had troubles with aerial predators because we are security conscious to provide a LOT of shelters and cover plants for the flock to snooze/hide under which was my point to be responsible with a free-range flock and provide those extra precautions.  We have a Cooper's Hawk (chicken hawk) that regularly visits my outdoor flock but because we don't tempt him or the crows with easy-picking chicks they move onto the birds at the wildbird feeder which distracts him/her from the chickens.  I wouldn't want to lose a roo defending his flock but much prefer to set up a lot of hiding places instead to have all of them protected - including the roo.  Friend of mine came home to his yard to find his ducks and chickens missing and some scattered feathers and thought the worst.  He found both flocks sitting under his tow-trailer on the axle and not one bird was missing.  Ducks and chickens aren't normal bosom buddies but they were THAT day obviously hiding from an aerial attack.  His experience prompted me to set up a lot of cover in the yard.  Nothing wrong with extra security precautions to save those fluffy Silkies.
Sylvester017- Yeah, mine have lots of trees in their area, we often have crows hanging around, but never any trouble from them. We occasionally get eagles but I've never seen them try to swoop :)
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