Pros: Excellent layer and forager. Docile and interacts well with people.
Cons: Flighty and sometimes noisy
The most attractive aspect of this breed, apart from the pretty feathers, is the large white eggs they lay practically everyday. They rarely, if ever go broody, and providing managed well, can fully moult in a month at the end of the year's laying season. My girl is the boss of my little flock and has been the most prolific layer. She even managed to squeeze out an egg well over 100 grams !!!
This is her as a young 'un
She started laying at just over 20 weeks old (22 possibly) and didn't waver until she started her moult.
The problem with the Ancona, as with most of its Mediterranean relatives, is the fact they are flighty. Unless you are keeping them confined, you will need to clip wing feathers or else they'll be over fences, up in trees and in all the wrong places. They can also be a little vocal sometimes, but I like to think of it as them singing me a song