If I would have done my research, I would not have bought her. But, I love her and she's going to stay. Now, I need advice on how to accommodate her. I have a backyard flock of four: Golden Comet, Buff Orpington, Barred Rock, and the Silkie. They all seem to get along fantastically. In my city backyard, they have an A-frame coop and free range the side of my house during the day. The bottom of the coop is open (hardwire cloth) and the top is covered with a roosting bar and loft. 1) I didn't realize that Silkies can't fly and won't climb ladders. My three other girls are going to bed in the loft of the coop. She waits at the coop door every night for me to pick her up and put her with the other girls. It's not that high, so she can easily hop down during the morning. Even though this routine is cute, it's gotta stop. We will be going out of town for Christmas and the Silkie needs to know how to put herself to bed. My question: What should I do? I can put a small house/nesting box in the coop. Will she get cold by herself? 2) I didn't realize that Silkie's were big targets for predators. We have cats roaming around the neighborhood. I'm not concerned about hawks. In the past, cats have entered my yard and watched my chickens. They get close, but they just hang out and groom themselves as if they are just chicken watching. My question: Should I worry now that I have the small Silkie? Is there anything that I can do about it? 3) If my Silkie can't get to the nesting box. How is she going to lay her eggs? My question: If I add a little house inside the coop for her to sleep in, will she lay there too? And, will the other birds try to follow her lead. Thanks in advance for your answers!