Pros: Egg laying all year, quiet, low feed to egg conversion, friendly, smart
Cons: Not a lap pet but isn't stand offish
High producer of large and extra large eggs. Doesn't need light in winter to lay but if you want production to remain high, a couple hours of a lamp during the darkest parts of winter will pick up production back to normal. Excellent breed for city living and high egg production. I have to sell some eggs because we don't eat them every day.
One of the quietest hens. I had EE'ers too and they were always noisy. Got rid of them. I rarely have a problem with cackling even after egg laying. Usually only if they get scared of something.
Pretty sure this is a RIRxDelaware mix and based on Delaware characteristics such as quietness and docileness. City limits requires quiet hens where I live. It's sad that you can have a noisy dog but can't have a hen if someone complains about it.
Excellent feed to egg conversion especially if able to forage as well. They love treats and fresh tomatoes. They are definitely not a meat bird. Lightweight though not flighty. If they had a different breed mother than the Delaware they might be more flighty but my 3 rarely try to fly anywhere even when a dog broke through the fence they didn't fly so one of them lost a lot of back feathers. Good thing the dog had bad eyesight or she could have killed my hens.
They are not standoffish but do not like to be picked up either. They are smart and learn quickly. I had one knock on the patio door in the mornings wanting her treat. But now the patio is off limits due to the mess they made out there.
They have withstood the high heat here in California's Central Valley. 108-112F during August. My only EE'er didn't make it because she takes so long to lay she dehydrated and died on the nest. EE'ers are supposed to be high heat compatible but they are not like the Red Stars.