Pros: Adorable chicks, good layer of good-sized blue egg, calm as adult, integrate well
Cons: Seem slow-witted, overpriced as novelty
I got two of these chicks from a hatchery last year, looking for backyard layers of colored eggs who would be productive for a number of years. I liked the breeds used to develop Legbars. I got two pullets, super-cute, one very friendly and seemingly "typey" and the other more flighty and slightly darker. Unfortunately, the sweetest one died due to an unknown internal injury, according to the vet. The second has calmed down as she has matured and turned out to be a good layer of relatively large blue eggs, very round as per expectations. I was surprised at how small these birds are, about the same as my leghorns, but pleased because I wanted strictly layers for feed efficiency. I would not purchase these again from a hatchery because of pricing and find that my easter eggers fill the bill very well for colored eggs. But obtaining them from a breeder may well be worthwhile and I would not discourage anyone from giving them a try. My sample of two is not much to go on. They add a lot aesthetically to a mixed flock and mine turned out to be a surprisingly good layer of gorgeous blue eggs.