Pros: Hardiness, egg production, egg size, friendlyness
Cons: Not a pure breed
These have been my favorite all around hens. These girls are excellent layers in our hot Texas climate and quite hardy. Our favorite hen "Butterscotch" was bit by a rattle snake just below the eye. We thought for sure we would loose her. Her face swelled up the size of a baseball and turned purple. She quit eating for more than a week and quit laying eggs for over a month. After a week the swelling begin to decrease. She then had a quirk where she would twist her neck in a twitch for several weeks. She continually improved until we could re-introduce her to the flock where she quickly integrated back to the top of the pecking order. Oddly her top beak begin to grow at a somewhat accelerated rate and she appeared to be blind in one eye. Eventually she regained her sight but was loosing weight as she was having trouble picking up her food. We realized she needed her beak trimmed. We have been trimming here beak about once every three weeks ever since. She eats well, looks great, just went through her second molt and is still our best layer. Oh by the way she is one of our friendliest hens. She comes running when we go the the chicken yard and holds very still when we pick her up to trim her beak. It is almost as though she appreciates it. She lays the biggest brown eggs almost daily. We love our golden sex links.