In the spring we are hoping to get silkies. I am just nuts about them since we started to read into the various breeds. They will be in a loft house on their own, we find the loft good as the house gives the run a bit of coverage from the rain and it rains alot here in Ireland!! I have been reading up on them but i would like to hear of peoples personal experience with them. I know they are poor egg layers, i have no problem with that. They seem to be very friendly and like their humans. I believe they can be bullied by bigger birds, is this true? Our 5 other hens have their own house and run and have access to the garden most days. I would like to see them all mix well. Will they get mucky? As in really mucky, i have been told i have to watch out for that as i might end up having to bathe them regularly. Do i need to put paving stones in the run to prevent them getting mucked up to the eyeballs or stuck in the muck! How big is a standard silkie? How often does your silkie lay? Are they are broody as what i have been reading? Any pro's or con's on having them as pets are welcome!