I bought 7 Silkie chicks from the feed store (local guy raises them), and was wondering how much different are they from other chickens? Or are they different at all (shelter, feed, daily care). I know that their feathers aren't water repellent, but other than that? I also know that they are more docile and have heard/read that they make good family pets (which is part of the reason for getting them). We lost ALL our 35+ chickens that we had to the foster dogs we had (they are now GONE), and my girls (and myself) were wanting more. We had three silkies then, but they weren't so approachable. I got them from a lady that just kept them in a pin all the time. I wanted to get a breed that they would be able to "love on". Is there a trick to get them friendly? Just spending time with them?