We got two silkie chicks a few weeks ago. One of them did not make it due to who knows what... it was not growing and it's foot was disfigured. So we had one blue silke and then got two mixed chicks to keep him/her company. My two year old loves these chicks. She adores them and wants to play with them all the time. I let her play with them one at a time and she does so well with them, it makes me so proud!! Today we had the dogs locked in the kitchen with the baby gate and my daughter was playing with our silkie chick in the living room. She put him/her on the floor and the little bird walked right through the gate to the drooling dogs... our beagle (the chicken killer) snatched it up immediately and broke it's neck. I feel AWFUL! I never thought the chick would go straight towards the dogs barking and making such a fuss. I didn't even have time to stop the whole thing, it happened so quickly. I just hate this! We are not having any luck with these chicks.