I have bbs Orpingtons. Last spring I had one silkie hen, so I ordered six silkie eggs when she went broody. After I put them under her, it occurred to me that if I ended up with three roosters, I'd have a BIG problem. I already had one loud-mouth-never-stop-crowing blue Orpington rooster, and I could never have a silkie rooster to join in with him for a duet. Worst yet, even though I give away bbs Orpington rooster with no questions asked about their possible future, I could NEVER give away a silkie rooster without 100% assurance that he would have a good, long life. Fortunately, the USPS evidently played football with the six eggs, and only one hatched. I was more than overjoyeed when she laid an egg instead of crowing because until her egg came, I had no idea whether she was a hen or a rooster. So, for me, increasing my silkie population will only be done by my buying silkie hens that are already laying eggs.