Pros: Cold hardy, prone to broodiness, excellent mothers, good layers when not broody
Cons: Prone to broodiness, bossy
We have had Buff Rocks several times and overall, I like them a lot. I am a big fan of the Plymouth Rock breed in general, and have had every color McMurray sells. I have found that the Buff Rocks go broody more than any other of my flock, and they are very persistent at it. They make excellent mothers, however, are so protective of their eggs and chicks that if you are trying to handle either, you'd better make sure to wear protective clothing because they will try to eat you alive rather than let you touch their young. When not broody, they lay very large brown eggs frequently and lay all through the winter. Cold doesn't bother them one bit. If you are looking for very high egg production, I'd go with another breed, but if you want eggs and don't mind the frequent broodiness, this is a good choice.