Hi, fellow chicken lovers! When I first started with chickens, I wanted silkies. I still do! I've decided to order 21 silkies from Ideal Hatchery. The colors I'm getting are: Black, White, Partridge, Blue, Grey, Buff and Red. I am buying 3 of each variety. I intend to breed them. I am entirely new at breeding chickens and need some advise! Please! I have quite a few questions, probably silly ones, that I would appreciate your thoughts on: #1. My dad only wants me to have one silkie rooster so,if I breed a rooster of one variety to hens of different varieties will thier offsring still be pure bred? Or should I focus on one variety and use the hens of different colors for broody hens? Does that all make sense? #2. If I breed a bearded silkie with a non-bearded silkie will the offspring have a beard or not? #3.What variety is the most popular (so that I can sell chicks straight run) #4. I don't show chickens (I'll cross that bridge when I get to it) so how do I know if I can sell a silkie for pet or show quality? #5. What kind of setup do I need specifically to breed them? Alright, I'm sure I will have lots more questions so, be prepared for that! Thanks everyone!!!