Hi. My mom has taken my interest in Silkies to heart and is considering picking up some hatching eggs from a lady nearby. The lady has only black silkies I think, although Mom likes the blues and whites also, and I'm not sure if they're bearded or not. So I have a few questions. First here's a little bit about our current flock of poultry. We have 1 coop and 1 good size run attached to the coop. In the run we have a smallish area sectioned off for the "nursery" (Currently the fattening pen, lol.). The birds get to free-range on most days. We have 6 roosters which we're keeping that are in with the flock and 3 cockerels which we're not keeping that are in with the flock. We have 30+ hens of mixed ages and some of mixed breeds. We currently have 3 mommy hens raising their chicks. We have 5 adult guineas, 7 6 week old keets (In the brooder which is in the basement), and about 14 1 week old keets inside. We have the following breeds: Columbian Wyandotte, R.I.R., Araucana, Cuckoo Maran, Red Star, New Hampshire Red, maybe acouple more which I'm forgetting, mixed bantams, and of course mixes of all those breeds. So onto my questions: 1) How do Silkies do in with standard/heavy breeds? 2) How do Silkies do in hot, cold, and wet weather? 3) Do you think the Silkies will get treated differently once integrated into the flock because they look different? 4) Might the Silkies make better moms if raised by a hen instead of by us? 5) If the Silkies are raised by a hen will they be less friendly? 6) I've heard Silkies don't really roost because they can't fly. Can Silkies hop up from roost to roost? 7) Do I need to take special precautions with Silkie chicks because of their feathered legs? 8) What if my Silkies crest, or "topknott" gets too big towhere I don't think it can see well? 9) If I let my Silkies breed with my other birds could the offspring possibly have crests and feathered legs? 10) Are Silkies okay free-ranging? I think that's about all my questions but if I have more I'll definitely post them. Any other advice and PICTURES are greatly welcomed P.S. I think this belongs in this forum?