Pros: Friendly, Great foragers, Great flyers, nice layers
We love our Bantam La Fleche. The La Fleche are a rare French breed that can be difficult to find here in the US. They're shiny black plumage and unique V-comb make them stand out at the Shows. We show our BLF in every show we attend with great reception. I keep seeing reviews about how flighty and wary they are and ours are completely the opposite. Our roosters, hens, and chicks are warm and friendly. The hen especially loves to be held and talked to. My children's friends are always amazed at how docile the hen is and what a great pet she makes. They are amazing flyers so if you plan on having the Bantam La Fleche, be prepared for that. They'll roost in trees to rest and enjoy the weather but we never have any trouble getting them down. One sight of scraps or some mealworms and they're following us around. The rooster calls to us the minute he sees us coming. He has a wide range of pleasant vocalizations and he's quite virile. He has wooed most of the hens on our farm and even has the Rhode Island Red hen we keep for eating eggs following him around during free ranging. If we're free ranging one of our other breeding pens the hen will call to us clucking until she is allowed out and given attention. They make fantastic pets as well as layers. She produces a medium sized white egg 5-6 days per week consistently. Their fertility and hatch rate from the beginning has been stellar. We've not had any problems with the embryos developing and never had any issues with hatching. They're probably one of our easiest breeds to hatch and the chicks are quite hardy. The chicks are small (smaller than our Silkie chicks) but strong and they fly very early on. They're great foragers and hardy in both the winter and summer (we're in Va with pretty hot summers and cold winters and they thrive in both). I am very pleased with our BLF and can't say enough good things about them. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for a bantam sized bird but wants a consistent, friendly layer and/or breeder. I'd love to see more small breeders in the US get involved in conserving this gorgeous breed.