The Bessemer is a very large breed, weighing in astonishingly at up to 13 lbs. (M) and up to 10 lbs. (F) (compared to it's ancestor, the orpington, which weighs typically 5-6 lbs.). The breed is raised for Meat and Exhibition. The hens are quite broody, and lay few eggs. The hens are moderately noisy, not very quiet, but not very talkative either, however, they are very loud. They are extremely hardy, and do poorly when not on range. It is not at all difficult to raise, as it find all of it's own food for it's self.