We hand raised three silkies- we got them when they were about a week old. All three turned out to be hens. They are about 10/11 months old now. Very friendly and docile. Each has her own personality. Since they started laying in August/September, we've gotten about 150 eggs from them. They do take turns go broody though- but I believe that's a sikie thing.
They live inside a large bin inside the house. During the day, they free range and roam around the yard. Around dusk, they wait by the door, and hop into the house as soon as I open the door, and wait to be picked up and placed in the bin.
Unfortunately, we are moving in a few months. It breaks my heart to have to leave them, so I am trying to find them a good, loving home. You don't have to spoil them like we do, but I would like them to live carefree as they have. They are great companions!
We are in central NJ.
Please let me know.