I'm thinking about ordering some eggs from a hatchery possibly Cackle, I'm currently working on gathering the supplies to make my own incubator. I've really delved into this head first I'm afraid lol but I've spent so much time reading around I really want the WHOLE experience...I know my 5year old son would enjoy it as well. We haven't got our coop or run finished, we are hoping by march we can have it finished, so It will be a while before I order eggs. Anyway, We want good layers, our plan is to buy some Rhode Island Reds and I have really fallen in love with the silkies Will these two breeds if raised together from eggs/chicks be ok you think? I had a RIR roo as a pet when I was younger and he was the sweetest bird I've ever met, he would follow me into my home and just loved to be near people. But apparently doing a lot of reading on the RIR's they are known to be sort of a more aggressive bird. I know to have a friendly chicken you must spend time with them, handling them etc,.. but I worry about how they will get along with the smaller silkies. I think silkies are gorgeous and reading how friendly they can be just makes me want one even more. With having a 5year old I would really like some chickens I know have a greater chance of being friendly so he can spend time with them to without me worrying. Would love to hear more about your silkies behavior and the breed in general?