First time having chickens--just got my shipment of silkies this week. I've had ducks for years, raised ducks, hatched ducks, love ducks but... I think I'm falling in love with chickens. * The babies are quieter than ducklings. I keep forgetting they're even in the house. * The babies are Waaayyy less smelly than ducklings. I keep forgetting they're even in the house. * The brooder has to be changed waaaayyy less often than with ducklings. I keep forgetting they're even in the house. * They're actually snugglier than ducklings--they settle in and fall asleep in my hand and then don't want to get up when I put them back in the brooder. Which is the only reason I haven't REALLY forgotten they're in the house. Maybe the duck forum isn't the right place for this but... am I alone in thinking chickens may be EVEN cooler than ducks?? I will say this *against* chicks--I lost one of them the very first night, and I rarely lose ducklings in a shipment. So my experience backs up what I have heard about ducks being hardier than chickens. Also, when the brooder was full with my silkies and their packing peanuts (who all went to a large farm to have a real mama--he had a broody chicken who had been sitting on infertile eggs for a couple months--and he knew they would all be roosters and wanted them anyway), the packing peanuts were kind of hard on the silkies--pecking at them, and at one point dragging one of them through the water by the foot. But they never drew blood or caused serious damage. Anyway. I don't know how I'll feel about them as adults, but so far I'm pretty happy with my little ones. Of COURSE I plan to continue raising duckies too. I love them too much to give them up!