so after 57 years living and working in Ohio, I retired,packed up the cat and moved to Tennesse. Currently staying with family while I look for my own little place with a bit of land to garden and have a few chickens for company...and eggs. My sister and brother in law have a small flock of free range chicken and ducks on their property. I got here just in time to see the chicks grow and leave their grower box.its been a couple of months now and it's almost time for them to start laying. They roost outside my window , I'm on the upper floor) they're in the pine tree right now,and Bear ( cat) is fascinated listening and watching their antics from his window perch. I'm in love with the silkies and hope to have a few soon. I know as bantams they are not heavy layers, and wonder how they would get along with other, larger breeds if raised together?