I had never owned silkies before, but after reading reviews of them on BYC and elsewhere, I couldn't resist getting 3 pullets from a produce store.
I haven't been disappointed! Not only have they been reasonable layers (allowing for their expected modest output), their behaviour is very appealing - sweet natured and docile. And they are so comical to watch - little black pom-poms bobbing around the yard.
One silkie (Gertie) went broody and was problem-free: she ate, drank and dust-bathed regularly, unlike 2 non-silkies in the flock who got malnourished and run-down, because they were so obsessive.
Here is the proud mother tonight - the chick hatched today. The father is a Pekin (Cochin) / Silkie cross and we think the mother is a little black pullet of unknown origins.