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Barred Rock


Pros: Lots off eggs, beautiful, docile, just a great bird !

Cons: None !

I love my barred rock hen, she is probably one of my favorite chickens ever! She lays me an egg everyday, and just has the sweetest disposition. 5/5 star breed in my book !


Here is my pretty hen!



Pros: Good layer; beautiful feathers; tough girls

Cons: kind of mean; bossy

My barred rocks had me so worried when I first had them. I was convinced they were both roosters  because they were mean, bossy, crowed, and had spurs! Turns out, they are fantastic layers. They just like to rule the roost.  Once they started molting (before my other breeds that first year) they were quite humbled and no longer dominate so aggressively. They still rule the roost, but now only the other chickens fear them (not my children).

They are tough girls, though, and since I have no roosters, I'm thankful for the role they play in the flock. They shout 'hawk' and move the other chickens to shelter when birds fly overhead (or planes!) and they peck at the cat to keep her in line. My oldest is currently five years old and still laying. smile.png


Pros: great layers, friendly to people, pretty, substantial, cold hardy

Cons: bossy bossy bossy to more docile chickens

In my flock of 10 I have 7 Buff Orpingtons and 3 Barred Rocks... my rocks are silly, sweet, outgoing chickens but they are beating up my very docile orpingtons.  How do I know this? well lets just say that my Orpingtons are all having issues with ratty looking feathers but my barred Rocks are in absolutely perfect feather.  While I love my rocks to bits, I am going to have to rehome them as it is just not fair to the other chickens in the flock.  I had done my research but did not realize how bossy the Barred Rocks could be.  If you have a flock with very docile girls in it, I would not recommend Rocks. 


Pros: Great attitudes, Great eggs, Loves Attention.

Cons: None.

I have Barred Rock hens. 

The first is Oreo, very laid-back and Nonchalant. Loves to sit on my lap. Love attention. 

The second is Lulu, This hen is a primadonna. Dramatic. If I don't pay attention to her, she will peck me until I pick her up and pet her. 

They are both different. But they are both very great with kids.

I'd love to have more of this breed in the future!


Pros: Lots of eggs, beautiful, easy to tame, good pets, have enough feathers to stay warm in the winter, funny, enjoyable, sweet, caring, adorable, ect...

Cons: Doesn't lay too much in winter.

I LOVE my barred rocks! Very enjoyable and I easily attached to them, they were my first chicken breed! Easy to care for, sweet, and other wonderful things! I love them! I wouldn't be crazy for chickens without them!:love They are little saviors for my heart! They are easy to tame and once they're tame you'd think they were angles! I love them and the one con I put in isn't too big, I still got eggs this winter:yesss:. They are amazing! If you want the perfect chicken then get barred rocks!!!:yiipchick


Pros: Friendly, good layers, gentle, docile, personality plus

Cons: stubborn

Our Barred Rocks are the most pleasant birds to have around. They talk to us; one even imitated the tonal patterns of human speech when she saw us.


Pros: Super Friendly, Good Layers

Cons: None really

We have 10 Barred Rocks and I LOVE them! We got them as chicks from the local feed store and they have been awesome from the start. They've always been the friendliest, in fact I have a hen that I can pat my lap like a dog and she will jump on my lap and tell me about her day. There is also another on who thinks she belongs on my shoulder all the time. They're really good foragers and are good at being free range. We have 20 other hens ( 10 buff orpingtons and 10 rhode island reds) and the Barred's hold their own with them. They just started laying and have nice big beautiful brown eggs. 


Pros: Not loud, fun to watch

Cons: shy, skittish

We got three of them just before they started laying. They stick together, and we call them the three amigos.


Pros: Early maturity, friendly, cold hardy

My Barred Rocks were to first to start to lay out of my flock.
They are friendly and good layers. Definitely my favorite breed.


Pros: sweet temperement

Cons: they get big

I love my barred rocks. They are very docile, but they don't take heat from other birds. When challenged, they will stick up for themselves, but they are not bossy or mean or bullies at all. I have 2, and they lay nearly everyday...some weeks it is 7 days a week, other weeks, it is 6 days a week. They layed through winter. They are large compared to my other breeds. They are not flighty at all. Barred rocks are my fave breed so far. 

Barred Rock

Very tame nice breed that gives you big beautiful brown eggs. They aren't that loud and the roosters are mostly not mean. Looking for a great dual-purpose bird? Being a quintessential rock-solid American farm breed, the Barred Rock is the best choice for any small or big scale flockster. The first appearances of the Barred Rock were in the 19th century where it was developed by the breeder John C. Bennett using crosses of Dominiques, Black Javas, Cochins, Malays, and Dorkings. This fine fowl became a breed in 1849 and is the origin of all Plymouth Rock breeds. Since then it has been prized for its hardiness, docility, broodiness, friendship, sex-ability at any age, and excellent production of both eggs and meat. The overall appearance of the Barred Rock is a long, broad back, a moderately deep, full breast, and yellow skin and legs. The face of the typical Barred Rock usually is red with red ear lobes, adorn with a bright yellow beak and flashing bay-colored eyes, and topped with a magnificent, moderate sized comb. Much like the Cuckoo Maran, it has sharply defined parallel bars of dark gray and silver (Or for a hen, black and white) which give it the best camouflage of all colors against the eye of the predator. Being amongst the predecessors of the new meat high bird, the Cornish Cross broiler, the Barred Rock is a faster growing bird and the cocks can reach full butcher weight at around 10 pounds in eighteen weeks. A Barred Rock hen weighs around 8 pounds at butcher size, and the adolescents weigh 8 pounds for the cockerel, and 6 pounds for the pullets. Being cold hardy, the hens are able to lay through winter, which adds to the prizing of this true American bird. ~Chook Kingdom

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentKind, Skiddish
Breed Colors/VarietiesBlack and white stripes
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAmerican
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:


Breed Purpose: Dual purpose

Comb: Single

Broodiness: Average

Climate Tolerance: All


General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High

Egg Size: Large

Egg Color: Brown


Breed Temperament: Kind, Calm, Skittish, Sweet, Docile, Over Protective Cocks



Breed Colors / Varieties:

Black and White Barring




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Chicken Breed Photos:


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Egg (left)


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