Hi all! I'm very new to raising chickens, but have already found myself obsessed, er, in love with my silkie girls! They're friendly, inquisitive and hilarious to watch. A friend offered to give us a pair, so my husband built a coop and they came home. But, we've noticed that they do not take advantage of the second story condo and after reading some, I've found that a lot of silkies will build their nests on the ground. Is there anyway to encourage them to get in their nest box or is it something they will either do or not do? I know with Silkies you have to worry about drafts and the nest box is much more cozy, but they seem perfectly content under their house with a little extra hay. Also, when do Silkies start to lay eggs? The smaller of the 2 is about 2 months old and supposedly a female, although I have my doubts and I'm guessing the bigger is around 5-6 months and also a female. We originally had a rooster, who took a liking to the bigger girl, but we couldn't keep him because he was a very enthusiastic crower. He was certainly sweet though! Here are a few pics of the girls and their coop!