Hi. I am brand new at caring for chickens and only got involved when I fell in love with a little bantam hen who was being grievously abused and prevented from getting at the feed and water by the other hens, all of whom were much larger. Our neighbors, who have the flock, were seriously concerned for her, and were talking about finding her a new home. That's when I volunteered to take her. We just put together a chicken coop from a kit we purchased, and set up a small pen area to extend her space. I don't know what her breed is with any certainty--only that she looks like a picture I found that was labeled Bantam Blacktailed Buff Dutch. She's the sweetest little thing, and I would love to add a couple of other bantam hens so that she's not all alone, especially through the coming winter months. I think I would prefer to get a couple of little silkies, since I've read that they tend to be very sweet and gentle. But I haven't been able to find anyone in our area (Camano Island, WA) who has them. If anyone knows of someone I can check with, or has any other suggestions, I could certainly use and would more than welcome the assist.