Pros: sweet chirp, non aggressive, beautiful feathers, good forager, aware of predators, good survival skiils
Cons: not especially cold hardy, can sometimes be hard to pick up
We have a beautiful phoenix pullet with the sweetest little voice in our small mixed flock which includes three polish, a cochin, and a cornish. She is the first of any of the flock to notice predators. Twice she has alerted us to hawks when the rest of the flock was oblivious. She is very friendly, doesn't peck other birds, and doesn't get pecked by others, She seems fairly high up in the pecking order although she is small. She has very good survival instincts, good fight, good forager, would be a good bird for those who want backyard free range birds. She likes to stay with the flock, likes to come to people, is quite friendly, but she is nervous about being picked up and might be hard to pick up if she wasn't handled often. My only concern is that she is less cold hardy the the rest of the birds in our flock. The hens have moderate sized combs that can be susceptible to frost bite. These birds originate from climates that are more mild than New England. All in all this breed seems to have retained a lot of their natural survival instincts, are wary of predators, can fly well, but are not aggressive and absolutely beautiful birds with beautiful little voices.