Pros: beautiful, excellent layers, love my roo
These are my professional layers. They lay pretty much an egg a day, although they're not particularly cuddly. My rooster, Gregory Peck, takes his job seriously. He is alert and notices everything--especially hawks. He takes good care of the girls and finds them tasty things to eat. He also crows beautifully. Gregory actually takes cuddles better than the Aussie hens.
Thumbs up for the Australorps!
(Not sure on the purchase date, so I put in the shipping date.)