Pros: Delicious broilers, good layers of large eggs, very friendly, heat tolerant, rule the roost
Cons: Not cold tolerant
These chickens are big, bad, and delicious! We bought two from our local hatchery and unfortunately slaughtered the rooster, though he was incredibly delicious, our hatchery is having problems getting more in this year! He had a generous amount of meat on him, it was juicy and flavorful, and I could even see the oil from the fat bubbling under the skin which made the skin so crispy and delicious, like fried chicken without the oil and deep fryer! The hen we are keeping as a pet and have named Oprah because before she goes to kick another hen's butt, she weaves her head back and fourth like an angry black woman, and Oprah is our favorite black woman. My friends have asked me if she has a book club, I say I think she does, why else would the hens love her so much? We had to bring her in for the winter which really upsetted the other hens, they stopped laying completely (we thought it was the cold of winter until we put her back out and they started laying again), but she just wasn't looking happy or healthy out in that cold. Once she settled in inside, to our amazement, she started laying again! When she was put back outside, our two Welsummers who were ruling the roost in her absence, tried to dominate her. She turned around, grabbed the nearest Welsummer's hackles and scratched her on the back with her foot, they went running off while boking and that was the end of that. They didn't try it again, lol.
She's very curious and friendly, she follows me around and doesn't run from me at all, she even lets me pick her up though she makes sounds about it (which roughly translate to "Omg I'm being abducted" I'm sure). She's also quite the tank, she feels like a good 12 lbs, which is how much my shih tzu x amer. cocker mixes weigh. Their legs also amaze me, they are thick and giant!
She lays large- though large in length than width, still large- light brown eggs. We've even gotten quite a few double yolked from her, which may be bad for anyone incubating or hatching chicks, but we enjoy them for eating!