I have 4 Barnvelder's in with my mixed flock of 30 & they do very well. Slightly smaller & more compact in the body that most of my other breeds, but I have been impressed with their great personalities, mine are very self contained & independent. They are not as social as my Delawares & don't like to be handled. But I love them for their dark eggs & GORGEOUS plumage. I have several different breeds, having had Delaware's for several years now, but have Welsumer's, EE's & Cuckoo Maran's. Have decided to focus on the Barnvelder's.