Greetings from a new Backyard Chickens member! I love this website and should've joined long before now! At any rate, back in January of this year (2013), I finally got my two silkie "hens". They were still fairly young (about a month or two old), but already had vastly different personalities. One hen was sweet and demure, while the other (named "Eliza Doolittle") followed me everywhere and watched every move I made. Soon enough, we started getting all of the signals. Eliza's feathers started to look different in terms of texture and length. She seemed to stand taller and more upright. She could also run incredibly fast when she wanted to. Then finally, one day, the verdict was in. My sweet little Eliza Doolittle started crowing!! From then on, the focus of the discussion somehow evolved from, "What am I going to do with this rooster?!" to... "Who said I'm getting rid of him?" Actually, that's my silkie rooster in the photo below. Eliza is now "Lenny" and every so often, he likes to take himself on a little tour of the house by sneaking in through the back door. (In that picture, Lenny is headed straight for the kitchen!) By the way, our other silkie is doing just fine. In fact, if all goes well with the two eggs that she's been sitting on for the last 19 days, our flock of two may just increase to four! Lenny on Tour (Who Let This Rooster In The House?!) Lenny the Silkie Rooster when he was only a few months old. (The hen was probably off to the side taking a dustbath while Lenny looks right at the camera. It was so cute watching her attempt to groom the feathers on his head when they were this age. ) By the way, I live on the Pacifica Coast near San Francisco, CA. I have two cats and love horses.