Bred animal myself,
Posted Feb 01, 2015
Now this is a bird! I love my "little hen". She got the name Little Hen because I thought it was ironic that she was the biggest hen of the bunch and so I named her Little Hen.
Now though, she fits her name for I have since selectively bred my flock to be some jumbo sized birds and she is my friend and is now the smallest of my hens. She is a very smart bird, very alert to the predators and is the best egg-layer still. Each and every morning between 7-7:30 am - she drops an egg of just the right size for me; not a jumbo but not too small. There has been very few days where she has either been a couple of hours late or none at all for the day but she is "old faithful" when it comes to laying and she is also the first of my hens to give me my all time favorite "double-yolk" egg.
Her color patterns are perfect for a heavy predator situation and did I say she was smart? I think I did. :)
As far as meat goes, the cinnamon queens are of the perfect qualities that I look for in a meat bird; good consistency, not too much fat and not too tough. The roosters have interesting color characteristics and they are a sex-link chicken; but only on first generation clutches. Second generation roosters lose the white in their feather patterns and all the chicks hatch out the same color where first generation (if I remember right) hens are light and cockerals are darker. First generation refers to pure-bred White Rock crossed with pure-bred Production Red chicks. Cinnamon Queen to Cinnamon Queen chicks are not sex-link; so far in my experience.
Little Hen is very docile yet picky with her rooster selection and I have only noticed her requesting the attention of two roosters so far in her life. All others she has rejected on her own. She has a voice too, very deep and unusual, mature sounding and confident. She doesn't cackle like other hens although she does like to talk and while other hens want to make a big spectacle when they drop their egg, Little Hen just goes about her business with little to no fuss or "look at what I did" attitude.
I highly recommend this breed, be it for a pet, meat, egg or feather bird. The cinnamon queen has it all in my book!