She is just adorable! Precious little creatures! If your little girl has layed her first eggs then she is probably at her maximum weight. I have one Silkie at 2.2-lb and the older Silkie is at 2.4-lb and they are 4 and 5 yrs old. They are impressive layers and lay the largest bantam egg. Our eggs average from 1.25 oz to sometimes 1.5 oz but 1.25 has been the norm. My first chickens were Silkies and I thought I needed some larger breeds for eggs. But I soon discovered the Silkies are tenacious layers at 4 to 5 eggs/weekly until they go broody. My older 5-yr-old Silkie still lays 4 to 5 eggs weekly. I don't mind when my Silkies go broody on an empty nest because it gives them a rest to replenish body nutrients from laying so many big eggs from such a little bird. When using Silkie eggs in cooking/baking we add a little store-bought egg whites to the recipe (the yolks are larger in a Silkie egg with less whites and the recipe might be too orange/tough without adding a little extra egg white. Personally I would not keep a Silkie alone in a LF flock. We keep 2 Silkies and 2 LF for a balance -- especially since one Silkie is more timid than the other. Ours aren't the best of buddies but they do tend to hang out together and being the older chickens in our flock they are the alphas. I am so tickled you love your little Silkie!
Is that a D'uccle in your avatar? I love the fluffy beard either way, very cute :D And thank you for the information!
Agnes isn't my only bantam, I do have a D'uccle and a Pekin as well, so she her has some buddies around her own size. We're also moving in 5 days and building two new pens and coops for them. Most likely the bantams will be kept separate from now of from the three larger fowl. There's too much pecking going on when the littlies are let out of their fenced off area, even though they grew up with one of the larger ones. Free-range time for the littlies is supervised though.
And yeh, Aggie's just a little sweetheart (though I of course love all of my chickens very much). I love watching her run, those fluffy little feet bouncing over the grass always makes me smile. She loves eating sunflower seeds, but only if I've peeled them first, and likes to drink out of the lid of my water bottles. She'll peck the bottle to say, hey, I want a drink, fill it up, even if there's a dish of water right next to my chair. But that's the best part, learning all their little quirks. She's still making a lot of noise, but she's been working so hard, so I suppose she's entitled to brag (or vent, lol).
Such a fluffy little behind, love it! XD