I've been kicking around getting some more chickens and building another coop. Here are some thoughts bouncing around my mind, not in any particular order: I figure since my chickens are laying more eggs than I can eat, and not quite enough for me to have an ample supply to give away or sell, what's a few more more birds. I might as well have an ample amount of eggs on hand and then my neighbors and friends can count on me always having eggs and start getting their eggs regularly from me. My business is at home. I have quite a few customers taking interest in my chickens. I think adding some more variety, maybe some chickens on the rare or interesting side would be kinda neat. Plus I like taking care of my girls now. Again, what's "a few more birds"? Now, looking at having more eggs, I guess I'm kinda locked into getting more standards. Bantys (banties?) are cool, but I don't want small eggs. From what I've read, I can't figure out if Silkies are bantys or standards... I've seen them listed both ways. I have read that they do well in cold climate though, so that's good. And they look nice. Interesting... And here's the kicker....... I want a roo but there are lots of reasons I think of why I don't want one, too. I mean, do they crow all the time? They are so pretty I think I would like kicking back on the porch and watching one strut around the yard, but I'm not sure of all the pitfalls associated with having one. I just haven't read up on them specifically except subject lines. Like harrassing hens, starving other roos, being plain old mean.... I don't really want to keep him separate, but I don't know what the full scale involves if he were to fertilize eggs. Can a hen hatch and raise them among other hens (cannibalism?)? Should I havea vet turn him into a capon (if that's the correct term)? So, any thoughts or ideas on what I'm trying to do here?