I got the silkies initially just to be broodies. We have great weather really for raising chickens, it stays warm the majority of the year. We have two months of cold weather, it never snows and rarely dips below freezing more than 3 or 4 days a year, it's humid. It's a swamp. We don't want to raise tons of babies. Just a few here and there. So I thought having some broodies would be great instead of getting an incubator and raising them in the house. But our first two silkies just didn't do it. A buff orpington was my broody last time. So our other two silkies are just pets now. Our chicken keeping started out as strictly just for eggs only. Egg factories. Now we've made pets out of them, we have some that are plain useless but we love them. A broody hen is really nice. My buff orpingtons are just naturally so nice and they are used to me fussing with them every day, I think that's why my BO didn't attack me like this silkie. She's an older hen, and still doesn't like us too much yet. She loves being in the garage, not having to share food or deal with the other chickens right now, when I go sit outside with her she will come out and eat and drink, if I move she goes right back to the nest box. That's how we know when the first four chicks were born. She gets off the nest. Luckily since then I've been checking. Only the yellow one has gotten tangled in her feathers 3 times now. I'll hear it in there peeping away, usually she stands up and it falls out of her feathers but I have had to untangle it. She lets me do that without beating me up too much about it. The three dark ones born on Saturday haven't gotten tangled up not even once. Maybe that yellow one is just too active in there. It's always moving around under her and poking it's head out on one side and then scooting around under her to get to the other side and poke it's head out. I can tell it's that one because it's the only yellow one. Lol. When she leaves the nest to eat it comes with her and walks right between her legs and stays there the whole time. The other babies stay in the nest. This silky is a totally different mom than our BO.