I don't mind feeding them as long as they are producing. I wasn't thrilled with 2-9 eggs from my 11-15 Ameraucanas when I had them (for the record, 2-5 was the norm). I have 3 girls, waited 30wks... or 32? ... for eggs and I'm getting 5-11 a week. I don't expect 27 a week, but 15-20 would be perfect. Mine are also flighty with one cockerel with a bit of a temperament issue. I haven't had them a year yet, so I'm not giving up on them, but I'm not thrilled. They don't live up to their hype so far. They are pretty... that's about it.
I like honest reviews of what people like or don't like about a breed. It doesn't mean the breed isn't useful but some breeds are just not for certain owners' expectations/requirements. I love my Blue Wheaten Ameraucana's temperament (my avatar) -- she is sweet to her flockmates and non-combative even if challenged, but I don't think I will ever get another - lays only about 51/2 months out of the year about 4 blue eggs/wk at 3 yrs old, she's extremely noisy during her laying cycle to the point that it's embarrassing with the neighbors, and she has such an over-abundance of muff/beard and fluffy underdown that we have to often bathe off the caked-on mud on her feathers. She is too timid for her own good - I'd like to see her stick up for herself more but at the same time it is endearing to see such a gentle-natured chicken. As much as we adore her and her blue eggs we won't be annoying the neighbors with any future Amer's in our flock -- my friend said her EEs were very noisy too and neighbor complaints shut down her flock. Thank you for expressing your honest feelings about your Bielies as this gives us all insight into a chicken breed to help us decide if we can handle the challenge of a particular breed or not.
Edited by Sylvester017 - 3/21/16 at 3:31pm