I never thought I'd see the day where I am breeding Silkies. I used to think they were too common for my taste and difficult to work with, but a few weeks ago, out of nowhere, I just fell in love with them! When we went to the Sussex CO fair about 3 weeks ago, I asked a nice breeder, who was grooming a beautiful White hen, if he sold any birds. He said he had actually brought a trio with him that day, and after he was done preparing his show-birds, he would bring them out. A few minutes later, I fell in love with a young trio of blacks. After looking, I guess my dad fell in love with them, too, because out of nowhere, he suggested that we take them home to breed our own! The man told us, straight away, even though I already knew myself, just from looking, that the male of the group was pet quality, only. He is pretty typey, but has golden leakage in his hackles. I couldn't not take him: the breeder wanted them all to go together. After I brought them home to have a better look, I noticed one of the girls looked awefully rooish. And a week later, she started crowing. So now we're finding a home for Mr. PQ and keeping the other boy, whom I have deamed 'Saturn', because he's big enough to be his own planet. The breeder also promised us a nice blue hen, and told us he'd have other birds available shortly. I'm going to start a small B/B/S pen. My goal is to bring back some nice birds to our area, considering most of those that I see are of hatchery origin. I'll take pics later. They just had baths yesterday, so they're extra poofy.