I am SO new to this!! I am getting my chicks on January 14th. I will have a mixture of breeds (my research says the breeds are all docile) but the hatchery I am getting my chicks from has thrown a wrench into my best laid plans. I am doing the "better to ask forgiveness than permission" approach, as chickens are not allowed in my neighborhood - so I can only have a few chickens in a tractor. Although the main purpose for getting chickens is to have fresh eggs, I want to get a Silkie because I think they are cute. I have wanted one since the first time I saw them. The hatchery I am going to does not hatch Silkies until April, and all of my other girls will be full grown by then. Is there a hatchery that ships only 2 chicks at a time, or does anyone know of a hatchery in Oklahoma that hatches Silkies in January? If I cannot find one, can I introduce a younger (and smaller, as the rest will not be bantams) hen into the mix when the rest are all 3 months old? Do I need to separate them for a certain amount of time? Will the silkie be accepted when all the rest have been raised together?