Pros: Friendly, early maturing, prolific layers
Cons: slightly smaller than the orpingtons as a dual breed for meat use; can tend to be broody
A wonderful breed for eggs and for a family farm.
The dual purpose use is also excellent, tho they are a bit smaller than the orpingtons.
The hens lay loads of fantastic eggs, and have a natural tendency toward broodiness, and being excellent mothers, so creating your own flock is easy.
They are friendly, curious, hearty and convert feed into eggs in about 19-20 weeks from hatch.