My second son loves our chickens so much and was spending a lot of time in the coop and helping with the chicken-related chores. As a reward and encouragement, my husband bought him a pair of Silkies. It was sort of an impulse buy. They are absolute sweethearts. They are currently living in a stall that my son and I rigged up in the garage. My son takes them out every day after school for a walk in the yard and they follow him. When they walk past the chicken yard, the whole flock runs to the fence and starts squawking at them. When 2 of our hens were broody, we penned them in the garage next to the Silkies, with a screen between them. Once the hens settled down, I found that at night, one of the hens roosted, and the other one slept pressed against the screen with the Silkies doing the same on the other side. I am pretty sure that despite a bit of jostling, all of the hens would be fine with the Silkies, but that the roosters might be a threat. So that we only have to heat one chicken area, my husband has proposed building them a hutch that is off the ground in the regular coop. He was planning to staple chickenwire over the framing, it would be about 3ft by 4 ft in floorspace and the standard chickens would still be able to use the floorspace underneath (with about 3 feet of headspace). Should he put chicken wire as the flooring? Or should we just heat the garage for the whole winter and wait until DH builds a second coop in the spring? We are planning to build a second coop on the other side of the barn with 2 pens in it, one for breeding/isolation and one for brooding and raising babies, and allowing the Silkie to raise some babies for us. Could we ever hope to keep the Silkies with the rest of the flock? Having read a few of the questions here about Silkie-standard crosses, I am getting curious about what others have done to integrate their Silkies with the flocks.