Introducing "Atilla the Hen" - now lovingly known to everyone as "Tilly"...
I picked her out of about 20 others as she had the most gold on her neck for a Bovan Nera. With Nigel's picture I hope that gives you a good idea of the variation in colouring.
She has a great character and a lot of confidence - hence her name as she tried to take on the exisiting hens when I first introduced her as one a new pair to my little flock.
Now she's settled in she is really friendly and inquisitive. She's even been over the fence once to say "hi" to my rescue German Shepherd dog
Her eggs are a typical brown egg colour. Hers are a tad on the small size, only about 60g on average, but then she is a little on the small size herself (she was ill when I first got her and I think this has stunted her growth and resulted in the smaller eggs). She is certainly a tough cookie to come through all she went through...
She has gone broody twice this year, but has come out of it within less than a week with very little intervention from me, so that's not so bad (I didn't want a broody, but it can happen with any sort).
In my experience I totally agree that they would make a great chicken for a first timer - very friendly and lots of fun