Terry is almost finished with my coop so I can get the silkies out there. They are two months old now and one has started crowing. I am pretty sure that the older silkies (black and blues) are roos, and I think I'm going to get rid of the blues as quickly as I can. I think I might keep the black. I like his personality. I have had the heat lamp off a few days to get them used to being without one. Thanks to the Texas/Arkansas heat, we have been lowering the temperature of our air conditioner. The silkies haven't been happy about that, so I turned back on the heat lamp. The black roo has been literally sunbathing. I mean, rolling on his side, spreading his wings and feet out, and getting all warmed up. Funny boy he is. :) I really hope my paint silkie is a pullet so I can breed them. It would be useless for me to keep a roo silkie if I don't have a pullet. Then again, I could breed him to my Polish or Houdan and see what hatches.
In any case, I handle the chicks daily to get them used to being held and touched. I was able to keep my hand in their enclosure and pet them while they go to sleep. Of course as soon as I stand up they freak out, but we are learning. My favorites so far are my Columbian Wyandotte Angel (the lightest of the Columbians) and Bandit, the unknown possible EE. Angel is a sweetie that doesn't mind being held. Bandit is a mess and has a "screw you, I'm outta here" attitude. So different, but I love it. The others are pretty cute too.