I set up my coop for my silkies and their friends the other day and they loved it getting in there hunting through the bedding for anything they could nibble on. I decided to add some silies to my family of chickens becuse they are very sweet and they have a calming affect in the coop.
Not to mention the silkie chicken has a very pretty presence with their fluffy feathers and blue cheeks. They make excellent mothers as they are very loyal and will even lay on other hens eggs and raise the chicks as their own. Many chicken owners have them to raise others chicks that way egg production can keep going while other hens are being raised up.
The silkie has been around for may years though now one knows their were they came from originally It is commonly excepted that they have come from Japan, or China.