Ok...I have to get this one off of my chest. When I was a child my grandfather built me a large beautiful hen house with attached enclosed run. At the time I was fanatic about doves so I filled it with white doves. Then as time passed I managed to get a hold of 2 mutt hens 1 mutt roo and 1 white silkie hen. The first three were mean and didn't want to have anything to do with me, but the little silkie hen and I became good friends. I always felt sorry for her though because she would go broody and lay eggs but they were never fertile because the roo didn't want to have a thing to do with her. Are silkie hens ugly to normal roos? Anyways, after a while the chickens began to attack and eat the doves and one evening upon entering the pen I was shocked to see a bunch of dove feathers scattered everywhere and chickens running around with evidence on their beaks! (It was quite a terrible sight for a 9 year old to see!) Immediately I got angry with the chickens and booted every single one of them out the door. Then, after sulking over the deceased doves I heard a loud ruckus outside only to see that my grandmother's old dogs murdering all of my chickens...even my beloved silkie. To this day I still feel very guilty about it and decided to order some silkies in her honor. Does anyone else have a similar experience?