And congrats on your silkies! I'd love to have one in my flock but the Pacific Northwest gets pretty muddy during the winter. As it is, my banty cochin spent the winter wet, miserable, and constantly combatting mites.
I love silkies! I just hatched my first 2 about two months ago. 1 is definately a roo and the other looks like a pullet, but they spar all the time. Just for fun though, it seems.
Silkies are such sweet chickens. So much sweeter than all other breeds. I'm used to handling the old english variety and let me tell you, silkies are ANGELS! Even the roos will mother baby chicks sometimes. Now that's very gentlemen like.