Pros: Calm, Nearly flightless, Broody.
Cons: Very slow to mature - compared to Leghorns, tho.
I got these girls in hopes of having hens raise my replacement chicks instead of *me*. So far, three have thought about it, and one is currently sitting. She is relatively tolerant of candling interruptions, and doesn't actually peck at me, just coos and makes the motions. Her mothering behavior has yet to be demonstrated, but I'm optimistic.
They are much calmer than the Leghorns, no panics when I enter the pens, but they also don't follow me around like the other breeds do and while they come when called, they take their sweet time doing so (which is both good and bad).
Their laying rate, once they finally started, is much greater than I expected; they're on par at this time to go over 250/yr and I'm seriously considering adjusting my future flocks to be mostly BO's