Pros: large eggs, lay approx. 5 a week, broody, cold tolerant, docile, good in small pen
Cons: Broody in spring
They are wonderful for pet chickens, as they are quiet and calm, and jump in your lap if given the opportunity. They get broody easily all year, and are great moms! I even have good moms that adopt day old chicks I have bought. However, they get broody a lot in the spring, which affects their egg laying. If they get broody too much, I break their broodiness by putting them in a separate, wire bottom cage for a few days. They usually lay about 5 to 6 large, brown eggs a week. They are very cold-tolerant, and can stand some heat well, too. I live in Texas and get winter temps down to 7*, but I never need to use a heat lamp for adult hens. In the 100*+ summer, they get a fan in their yard. Overall, a great chicken for small spaces!