Ok, I promised myself (and my husband) only utility birds for our flock. Then I ran into trouble with my son, who was rather upset that the chickens would just be for "usin'" and not be pets; then our toddler decided that "chicken" would be her first animal word (which was a small tragedy -- we're horse and dog folk first and foremost), anyway, "chickies!!!!!" are the bomb with her. So I started thinking maybe I should get a couple of banties -- for the kids. I was thinking d'Uccles; prior to a week ago Silkies did not even cross my mind (they didn't look like chickens to me; I like chickens to look like chickens). But I find myself going back and looking at the Silkies again and again. They're so strange looking, but I've heard they're really not bad chickens and supposed to be rather hardy. They come in come really neat colors -- are their feathers really that pettable and are they really that sweet natured? So please, give me the low down on Silkies -- and would a couple of Silkies be a better choice of pet for the kids? What's it like taking care of them? Are they high maintenance? Are they all they're cracked up to be?