Pros: Excellent egg layers, very good feed/egg conversion, good foragers, easily tamed, resistant to Marek's, fast feathering & maturing, sex linked
Cons: Difficult to keep in small runs as they need covered runs to keep them from flying over the fence (they're incredible flyers)
I am really delighted with this breed and wish I could afford to import more eggs to expand the gene pool here in the US. While we have both varieties here out of the original import, people often cross the two, and some confusion as to color has arisen as a result. The sports have been developed as a quasi variety of the breed by some hobbyists as well as Sand Hill, but I feel it would be prudent to cull any such occasional sports. For the most part by far, they breed true, and attention should be paid to the standard color and type descriptions in order to finally achieve recognition of this breed by the APA.
Trap nesting or reasonable record keeping of egg laying should be maintained by the breeders to ensure that this significant trait is not lost in the push toward standard conformation (as has unfortunately happened to several laying breeds). Leg color and comb side sprigs should also be subject to ruthless culling.