Do they live up to the reputations of their breeds? Mine don't. My RIR, who is supposed to be a "production" breed has the sweetest, most petlike personality of all my girls. She does lay every day, but her eggs are smaller than everyone else's. I had read that they can be aggressive, but she's low woman on the totem pole. My BO, who's supposed to be the most pet-like breed, is the only one who'll bite me if I bother her while she's in the nest box. I've read that BOs can be bullied by other breeds, and yet she's the bully in my group. She does lay the biggest, most beautiful eggs, though. My BR, who's supposed to be friendly, is aloof. She's my second-best layer. And my Australorp, who's supposed to be a prolific layer, is definitely my least productive. She's extremely inquisitive, and has the SOFTEST feathers I've ever felt. I love 'em all. They just haven't turned out quite like I expected. Next year I'm hoping to get a Speckled Sussex, an EE, and a Welsummer. Can't wait to see what they're like!