First off, I'm not exactly sure where this would go. I need permission to raise baby chicks in the first place. (Well, maybe there's a way to do it in secret, but that's really irresponsible and a terrible idea.) Secondly, me and my sister are planning on getting at least two companion silkies, three at the very most. My sister is in charge of paying for it, and I'm the one researching, and persuading the parents. We plan on keeping them indoors. Therefore, I need to know the minimum space a bantam needs if it is allowed to roam the house, (supervised, of course) for at least an hour or two each day. That includes time outside, since I've read chickens like to eat plants and bugs. We have three cages, an old rabbit cage with three square feet and two floors, a parrot cage with about three and a half square feet, and a pigeon cage with similar proportions. I also need to know if silkies are loud crowers, and if crow collars really are humane and if they work well. My sister is willing to buy a brooding lamp, chick starter feed, a waterer, diapers, and collars, is there any extra stuff we need? Are newspapers an adequate substrate? I live in a relatively large two-floor house with a small yard. How hot will the brooding lamp need to be in a house about 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit, and about what age would I be able to stop using it? That's about all I need to know that I couldn't find from other sources. I know my Dad wouldn't really need any persuasion for this project, he bought an amazon once and it interrupted my mom's singing so it went to my uncle, she's the one who needs it. I know just asking for chickens won't get me anywhere. I plan on writing a letter, full of information on silkies and how to care for them, some problems and how to fix them, (like pasty-butt) some pictures, and ways that it's beneficial. So far I've come up with a few things, like it being educational, but I won't say anything about eggs because silkies don't lay much. In the letter I don't plan on mentioning that they're chickens right away because that will discourage her and trigger immediate disaproval. I also thought it may be important to note that I have two younger brothers, and let's just say they aren't too bright.