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Barred Rock Reviews

Positive Reviews


Lots off eggs, beautiful birds, very friendly !


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!

Love mine! <3 Best Hens I have.


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!

Wonderful Barred Rocks!


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! 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. They are amazing! If you want the perfect chicken then get barred rocks!!!

Negative Reviews


a mixed bag


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. 

Chicks are mean!


Pros: Pretty

Cons: bully chicks

I cant say a whole lot about this breed since the chicks only arrived yesterday but I got 3 Barred Rock, 3 Amberlink and 3 Rhode Island Reds. All yesterday and so far today two of the three Barred Rocks are aggressive to the other chicks, pecking and grabbing their downy feathers then shaking their heads like angry dogs while the victims screech out in pain and panic :( I had to put those two by themselves today to give the others a break. I'm only used to my sweet Speckled Sussex so this behavior is new to me. The Barred Rocks were straight run...does this indicate that the two meanies might be cockerels? So far I'm not loving them, but I hope that changes.

Not as good as they are made out to be


Pros: Calm, pretty, quiet

Cons: Gain weight easily, not the best layers, feather pickers

I will likely not be getting this breed again. Right now I have three, and they are all feather pickers. Their favorite thing to do is sneak up on their molting comrades and eat their pin feathers. Also they aren't as great layers or as friendly as we had heard. Personally the best/coolest thing about them is that they "sing." Aspen's nickname is "soprano" because she has the highest pitched peep of all my 40+ chickens. This is Aspen Fluffy Soprano 

More Reviews


Beautiful Addition to a Flock


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...
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The Yakima Kid

Lap chicken


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.

Awesome, Friendly Chickens


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.

My favorite breed


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.

Docile good producers


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. 

Great chickens!


Pros: Consistent egg layers, very sweet, are good leaders,

Cons: none

I have 4 barred rock hens and love them all! Oreo was the first out of 16 chickens (5 different breeds) to lay an egg. She is at the top of pecking order, and will learn quickly. She layed one egg, stopped for a week, and has been laying one every day since.   < Oreo   Next there is Domino, who was second to lay eggs. She is almost like Oreo's twin, because they have very similar combs and wattles. She likes to get very close to the camera and peck at it, so it's hard to take a picture of her. :)      < Domino    Then comes Blackberry, who was my favorite as a chick, because she would flap alot in the brooder.    <...
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kind and loving


Pros: cute people lovers, get along well with other breeds

Cons: prone to illness

we had a barred rock named Pecky, we got her on accident at dells! we thought we were getting 3 black sex links but we ended up with 2 sex links and a barred rock, she was very nice and would almost beg you to pick her up, however she continuously  was getting a new illness every summer, she was still a good layer and very pretty to look at. i am sorry to say she died last year from mareks disease luckily it did not have time to spread to the rest of the flock. over all they are very goodhearted birds.

Excellent Back Yard Chickens that are even great with small children!!


Pros: Quiet, Sweet Temperament, Excellent Free-Rangers

Cons: NONE!

I have 16 BPR hens and I love them!!  I have hand raised this gagle of hens since they were 2 days old and from that day I just loved their temperament!!  I ordered mine from Cackle Hatchery and they came out of their shipping box like little ball of fluff rockets LOL!  My son and one of the hens when they were young are my avatar.  They are almost 10 weeks old now and they still come running to me and my son and will even sit in out laps!  My son can walk up to them and pick them up and hug on them... it's quite cute to watch!  I recently got 2 black sex-link hens and I did not realize how lucky I was with my BPR's.  Those 2 sex-links are so LOUD!! ...
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Absolutely adorable and Docile!


Pros: Large tan eggs, docile, Friendly, And overall sweethearts!

Cons: None at a

I love this breed,a for sure starter breed,ther nice,pretty,like being held,great with children,you should all get some(if you want I suppose )
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