I really like my EE's a lot. They've all been very friendly. Tiger, the EE in my avatar, will probably have a home here even if she stops laying because she's our favorite and lets my two year old carry her around the yard (if he can catch her...which she doesn't try too hard to prevent since he frequently does). But I've had a lot of issues with EE too, which makes me a little shy at the same time. When we got our first chickens, we ordered 4 EE, and the hatchery sent an extra one. We kept 3 of them and gave 2 away. I don't know what happened with the 2 we gave away, but of the 3 we kept, we only have one left and she's not quite 2! One had a crossbeak which got to the point that she was loosing weight and we culled her so that we didn't have to watch her starve to death this winter. The other one was my favorite, of course. She was an internal layer, never did lay a normal egg, and when we processed her we found that her abdominal cavity was full of nasty egg yolk. I hated culling her, she let my toddler pick her up without even trying to run away, but when we cleaned her out it confirmed that it was the right thing, it was only a matter of time before she died a slow painful death from egg yolk peritonitis. I'd like to think it was just my bad luck, since tons of people have EE and never have a problem. But even with the eggs we hatched here, in the first hatch we had a chick that developed a crossbeak at about 3 days old. That one's beak got bad so much more quickly than our first crossbeak's that we decided to cull at 10 days because it seemed obvious that she would need to be tube fed to survive as she got bigger and that's just no quality of life for a chicken IMO.