I only have one silkie at this point in time... I have heard so many mixed things about silkies, that I just wanted to hear what others had to say before I considered more... Ours is a mixed color, and just laid her first egg at around 8 months of age... When we bought her at a chicken swap, the man said she was about 8 weeks old... she was just about an inch or two shorter than she is now and she was fully "feathered" out... She finally laid her first egg on Monday. We bought her in April. Is that weird for a silkie or normal? I am more used to large egg laying breeds, so 32 weeks before laying seems like a lot! I was doubting if she was a hen or not! this particular silkie is not friendly to chickens or people and is not too intelligent (runs straight into fence on a daily basis and won't follow the other chickens back into the run from free ranging, must be herded inside)! i would love more silkies but not too many more like this one!