Beautiful pictures! I'm actually feeling really jealous at the moment, since Buff Orps seem to be so hard to source here and I really want some. : ( However, I'm finding something puzzling; here on BYC and a lot of other blogs etc they are reputed to be 'good layers', which contradicts what a lot of books.info sites say about them being poor layers ... what are everyone's experiences on this? I'm confused '~' And do they really make as good pets as they are reputed to be? Plus are they low-maintenance to keep (unlike feathered-legged chickens)? Sorry I sound so jumbled, it's just that I read a lot of contrasting things about BO's !