NOTHING CAPTURES A HUMAN HEART MORE THAN SILKIE CHICKENS! So glad you are fans! Silkies were my DH's first choice when he never had chickens before. I wanted LF dual-purpose layers but he wanted the Silkies! I'm so glad we got the Silkies -- they are amazingly hardy birds once you understand their maintenance requirements. I had 2 out of 3 purebred Ameraucanas croak even under a vet's care -- but never lost a sick Silkie! I really believe that's due to the diversity of the Silkie gene pool that the little buggers are as hardy as they are.
I never would've bothered with other breeds of chickens at the beginning if I had known what great egg-layers Silkies were in spite of their proneness to broodiness! Silkies lay the largest egg of any bantam breed. Both my old Silkies out-produced our younger 2-yr-old Ameraucana!!!
1st dark egg - Marans, 2nd white egg - White Leghorn, 3rd tinted egg - Buff Leghorn, 4th thru 6th eggs - tinted Silkie eggs (pretty darn good size IMO)
We've had a little cockrell for a few weeks and he's so full of personality we wanted pullets with him. I can't get over how sweet the girls are. My wife can't wait to do their "hair." I'm glad to hear that about their productivity and the eggs are bigger than I thought🐣
Oh, you sound so hooked to Silkies LOL -- what is your DW planning to do with their "hair"? We never once trimmed our girls. They do it to each other just around the eye area and make a little tunnel to see out. Don't know if all Silkies do it to each other but our two do it. Even with a full fluff of crest after their new crest grows in after molt they still see fine. They tilt their head to see behind them and they are so aware of their surroundings that the crests are not an issue. They are aware of their diminutive size and move out of the way skittishly whether they have large poofy crests or not. The only time I have Silkies crowding my feet is when they see a treat in my hand!