They are typically a docile bird that does well free-range. The ones I am getting are about 10 months old and have just started laying consistently. I will pay $8 a bird (which is what he has into them) and reap the benefits of them already laying. I pick them up today! Now I need to get my crap together and go make a divider in my designated coop area (we are still working on out Pallet Hen House which has been delayed from snow and now rain) so they can be incorporated gently.