Our neighbor has just given me three Crested Black Polish chickens which she apparently got for free awhile ago at one of our local feed stores. They've been in fairly crowed conditions at her place and didn't fare well, which is why she asked if I would take them. They've all had their heads pecked to the point where they only have their crown of feathers around the very edges. She thinks they are bantams and could go in with my Silkies, but they look about twice as big as my Silkies (though smaller than my regular sized hens). She has three of four roosters (all Brahmas? I believe - Large striking white and black roos) and I'm assuming they were the ones pecking at the Cresteds' heads, but we don't really know. She also thinks one or two of the Cresteds might be roosters, but they all look pretty much identical to me and she does say that they lay smallish white eggs quite different from her other eggs, so there must be at least one hen in the batch. (They better not turn out to be roos, I'll be really bummed.) At this point someone is probably saying PICTURES? okay, I'll see what I can do and post them in a little bit. For now, I've got them in an indoor dog run that I keep feed and straw and other supplies in. But my questions are: Should they eventually go in with my two Silkies or my hens? My 2 Silkies have a smaller pen, 3 x 4' house and no roosts (as they just don't seem interested). I have eight hens 2 BRs, 2 RRs, an Ameraucana, Silver laced Wyandotte, Maran and bantam Cochin with a 7 X 8 x 7' high hen house and a very large run (and NO roosters). Are there different sizes - bantams and standard? No idea about age, but I'm assuming they are as big as they are going to get. Can I assume that once they are in less crowded conditions that their crests will come back (they look fairly healthy otherwise). I'm off to try to get pics and assess things a bit better. Thanks for anyone's thoughts.