Pros: Great layers of big white eggs, hardy, good forager, feed efficient layer.
Cons: Very skittish and flighty, too slender to raise for meat.
I got my Buff Minorcas from McMurray Hatchery in my first chick order as extra freebies. The Buff Minorcas must have hatched better than McMurray expected that week. I, as a newbie, thought that they were Buff Orpingtons for the longest time (they had golden feathers and pinkish white legs and feet). But when they reached point of lay and got white earlobes I finally realized that they were actually Buff Minorcas!
Since I'm not fond of white eggs and I prefer the laid back temperament of dual purpose birds, I traded the Minorcas to my neighbor for some Red Sexlink pullets of the same age. The Buff Minorcas proved to be her best layers during the summer months with each hen laying 6 or 7 big eggs every week while the rest of her hens were panting in the shade. They were also good layers the rest of the year as well and from their second year on laid better than her Red Sexlinks of the same age. She's very happy with them and if you asked her which is her favorite laying breed, she'd tell you Minorcas!