We had a backyard flock of three hens but a foster dog managed to sneak in their chicken yard and kill two of them. We are down to one Silkie who goes broody VERY frequently, but it is also December (but in Central Texas, so it doesn't get very cold). I'm wondering what the best course of action is for bringing some new chickens in? I was thinking chicks, which would allow us to pick breeds ... But concerned about the time of year. I think the Silkie would be a great mom but wasn't sure if we should introduce chicks when she ISN'T broody. And it's chilly here now, just above freezing. Not sure we can get our hands on juveniles. The local feed store has 4-month-olds but the breeds are usually boring breeds! But we'd rather intro a few of those than have our Silkie perish of loneliness/ cold. Looked into mail-order, but shipping on anything but chicks is very prohibitive. TIA!