Pros: Like the large fowl, winter hardy, good layers all year, non aggressive
Cons: Hard to find good balance on Spangled, or bantams period!
These curious birds are generally non-aggressive towards other breeds including the human variety! As chicks they will mother or protect smaller or larger chicks of other breeds if incubated and brooded. They will go broody and are good mothers as well as foragers and winter producers of brown eggs. The males can be protective but typically not aggressive with just one in the flock.
Other than size, a difference between the LF and bantam is the ability to be shown as their own breed. They are in the ABA Standard, not in the APA Standard.
My own flock consists of four white females and a crele male along with spangled. There are several varieties that can be shown.
As starts, when handled frquently, they learn, like most breeds, being held can be an enjoyable, "warm fuzzy", experience and will often seek you out by standing in wait to be held or rushing to the front of the pen in an attempt to grab your attention.
The bantams are rarer and even harder to locate, than the LF. Make sure your breeder has a fresh line and gets good hatch results.
These fine, rare ornamental and friendly specimens, should be given an opportunity in your chickening future.