Pros: Rooster is a great protector; beautiful plumage; great all-climate birds; very good layers; calm dispostion; bares confinement well
Cons: Doesn't like being handled but will tolerate it;
I have one RIR rooster (my breeder) and one RIR pullet. I love their feathering! The rooster is very protective of his chosen hens and tends not to fight with the other roosters in the flock unless absolutely necessary. My pullet lays regularly and produces large, dark brown eggs. Both eat willingly from my hand and tolerate a few strokes on the back on occasion. They're good foragers and can bare being "cooped" up but prefer to be out and about in the run. They get along well with the rest of the flock but like to get away from them on occasion. She's an infrequent broody. Both carry themselves with quiet confidence which tends to set them apart from the rest of the flock. A great breed, all in all.