Apologies if I put this in the wrong topic. None of the others really seemed to fit what I'm after. Tis bad form to mess up on your first post! We have decided to try our hand at keeping chickens. One of the main goals is to have fresh eggs on hand. Unfortunately, we started late and can't find any chicks locally that are egg producing breeds. We can mail/internet order, of course, but we're brand new at this and we just don't think having 25 chicks is a good idea at this point. We want to start small, get to know the birds, etc., before we expand. The local garden center has some silkie chicks for sale. I've read they're not good egg producers. But we're thinking of going ahead and getting a couple of them just so we can experience keeping chickens. I've heard they're excellent setters, so if I luck into pullets, they may get work in the future as brooders. We figure the worse case is we've got a few new pets. Is this a good idea? Since we also want to have eggs, should we hold out and keep looking for layers? Or will the silkies be a good introduction and start to our flock? Thanks so much for your help.