Pros: Friendly around people, good layers, great free-rangers, and really cute <3
Cons: They can be incredibly mean to new birds, but after a while they get over it ;)
My first chickens ever were Rhode Island Reds, and two of them are still in my coop today :)
Even though I wasn't entirely sure what I was doing, those first four turned out to be the sweetest birds I've ever had in my flock! (With the possible exception of Black Australorps)
They are real people-chickens, and love to be petted and cuddled. They come to me when I call "treats!" and hang around me whenever I'm working in the coop. Abbie, especially, is my baby :) She is the most spoiled chicken ever, but is still great at free-ranging and gets the most bugs out of all the hens.
Beware, they do NOT like new additions to the flock, and may attack viciously.... but give them a few months and everyone will be friends forever!
The only upsetting thing about them is that they only live to about three years old, although two of mine have surpassed that age, and Abbie still acts like a chick XD