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Partridge Plymouth Rock


Pros: Cold hardy, free range real well, lay threw winter, broody, calm

Cons: none

I breed these birds.  Temperament from some hatcheries are not that great.  I got my starter flock from Mt Healthy.  They did great were of two strains.  One being more heritage stock and one more production stock.  I have since added birds from another breeder.  I have not noticed the skittishness others have mentioned.  My farm dog could walk among them with no problems.  Even had had squat for her to put her paw on their back like I would do with my hand.  Even had a couple hens that would sit on my lap if I sat on a chair, there idea not mine.  Egg size varies from med to xlarge.  Color varies also from some hatcheries from light brown on hens to the darker brown.  Legs should be yellow on both hens and roosters, though hens leg color will get less the more they lay.  Mine have free ranged in snow and still layed.  Heat of summer they will drop off of production but do not have any other problems with heat.  My first rooster were very calm and I have not had any of mine attack me or my family.  This can not be said of all hatcheries Partridge Rocks though.  These color line of Plymouth Rock is very broody.  I had out of my first 23 hens 10 go broody first year.  They are good moms and teach chicks how to range well and what to be warry of in predators like hawks.  Rooster are good with chicks from broodies.  Adult hens are tough on cockerals until they get almost a year old but pullets they are OK with most of the time.  I bought this color strain just because I planned on free ranging.  I wanted long laying life span.  I have hens now 5 years old that still lay 4 to 5 eggs a day for me.  But I feed a 20% protein feed along with their free ranging.  We have butchered a few and had a decent carcase.  The Partridge Rock is not as big as the Barred Rock but only by a small bit.  Hatchery chickens are smaller than heritage breeder stock.  But there are not many breeders of this color strain.  Most hatcheries do carry it.  This color strain is well worth owning specially if you want a broody.


Pros: Beautiful plumage, great free rangers, and friendly.

Cons: Mine don't like being handled.

These birds are WONDERFUL. They look so pretty as they forage in my yard. Every time I go outside they run up to me, seeing if I have anything for them. Most of them are quite talkative, a couple are quiet. My rooster is very docile. The only thing these birds don't like is being picked up. Sometimes they flap and sqwack, but the relax after a few seconds. These make a wonderful addition to anyone's flock. The birds are good layers as well.


Pros: look good, lay all winter, good to free range

Cons: skittish, bossy, dominant

Got 2 in 2011. Still have 1 that turned 3 recently. The other on started loosing feathers under her neck and under her belly, then died. The other on I still have won me the best standard hen at the Middlesex county 4-H fair. She lays pretty well for a 3 year old. They were both always skittish and never could really handle them. I started with a flock of 4, 2 buff Minorcas and the 2 partridge Plymouth rocks which worked out great. They pretty much took care of themselves as I learned how to take care of them. I love their feathers!


Pros: Very forgiving to new chicken farmers, beautiful, hardy, great free range foragers, very alert

Cons: Skidish, vocal

I gotta admit i love these birds. I have 3 hens. I have another rooster and Australop hen and everyone gets along perfectly. My other rooster is  barred rock and he's in love with my girls. Definitely the dominant rooster now. My birds are only 12 weeks so they haven't laid so I can't comment to egg production. I hatched them all and had no idea what I would get! They are free range and are fantastic at keeping their bellies full. Now to be honest, they are not friendly but they are not aggressive either. They are inquisitive but not friendly. I really do love that about them. I can call them and they come to my voice and follow me. They don't like to be handled but that's fine with me because I have no intention of handling them and never will. I got chickens to lay eggs not to cuddle with. They are the perfect chickens for me. They do their own thing and are very independent. They head to the coop at 5:30 every night and tuck themselves in. They are great birds. They require very little human attention albeit, if I don't open their pen in the mornings, they sit at the door waiting. I can hear them cooing and telling me to hurry it up. They don't bother the dogs even when the dogs decide they need to have a little run at them. They have required VERY little care. Just the basics food, clean water and a nice coop. They are spoiled and get daily mealworms. They will come running as soon as they hear the bag. Love these chickens, can't wait to get more. 


It's been cold here 23 degrees and they have done great. They seem to do fine in the rain as well. Again, I love these chickens.


I would rate them higher but don't know about egg production due to their age.


Pros: Good layers large light pinkish brown eggs

Cons: Broody/ can be aggressive

I love this breed! Although, one hen became so broody, she tried attacking me, but that I did not allow. I always grab my aggressors and pet them, hold them carry them around, grab her beak in nest if she tried to bite me. They really do quit being brats if you take action, it works for me. I ordered more for my new flock.


Pros: Good layers, attractive colouring, hardy, lays lovely light brown eggs

Cons: Very vocal/noisy, not good "pets", not very broody

We got our PPR hens almost a year ago now as laying hens and they have not disappointed, they laid well, through winter and and were very hardy to the elements. My only complaints is that they are very loud and are not very cuddly, which is not a problem for us! They also showed little to no signs of broodiness, which is also not a problem for us. I would not recommend them for anyone that lives near other people or for people looking for a broody hen. If you are looking for a hardy breed that lays lovely light brown eggs, this is the breed for you. I am very pleased with my PPR hens and would recommend them highly!


Pros: pretty, would be great meat bird, broody

Cons: flighty, tend to be low on the totem poll

She isn't real good with being had led unless she can have her feet on something and even then she still tries to get away. She is very pretty and I greatly enjoy getting her feathers when she molts, also if she were to be butchered she would have lots of meat.  unfortunately she is the lowest in the pecking order and gets picked on a lot.


Pros: vert pretty, strong, regal.

Cons: not the most freindly

I have had my Partridge for about 5 weeks now, her name is hazel, and she is one of the most beautiful chicks in my flock. She loves to scratch around, and dust bathe. She's calm, but royal, and very messy. She dose not love to be held as much as the others do, but if i wrap her up in my sweater, she hunkers down and falls to sleep.


Pros: Elegant and pretty, alert and assertive, with a good disposition

Cons: None that I've seen so far.

Granted, I only have one in my current flock, but my partridge rock hen, Penelope, has been a stellar member of the crew so far. Even as a chick, she had a long, graceful neck and a pretty head. The breed's feather patterning is just beautiful. From the start, she was always jumping up on the feeder and water to investigate and get a better look to see what was going on around her. She has never minded being handled, and though she won't seek out your attention, she is content to have it. She recently went on a school visit with me so that the art students could use her as a drawing model. She was calm, and was a good sport about the whole thing, even laying an egg in the middle of one of the classes! In the flock as an adult, she is a the top of the pecking order, but is not aggressive with those beneath her. She just goes around and does what she pleases, and none of the other birds dispute her position. Even my guineas don't bother her! She lays pretty, lightly-tinted eggs on a consistent basis (5-6 per week). She does well free-ranging, but is ok when kept in the run as well. I would definitely recommend this breed.


Pros: Semi-good layers, broody (if you like broody hens), and pretty.

Cons: Broody (if you don't like broody hens), flighty, and have genetical problems.

   Partridge Plymouth Rocks aren't the best breed. Ours are very broody and very flighty also. She is an okay layer that we know of. Our bird has wry tail, which is why I put that they breed can have "genetical problems". These birds are very pretty with there partridge coloring. Overall, not the best birds.

Partridge Plymouth Rock

This is one of the best varieties for the exhibitor as it is quite rare and makes an outstanding show bird. The highly colored male has black hackle and saddle feathers with an edging of rich brilliant red, a lustrous greenish black breast and body touched with reddish bay on the wings. The females are completely different with their brown plumage and distinct pencilings of black following the outline of each feather. Due to inbreeding depression, show lines of these birds that have not been crossed since their origin are dying off in Canada. When bred to the proper standards, these are really good sized birds weighing as much as 13 pounds for a mature cock and 8 pounds for mature hens. The types sold at the hatcheries are about half this weight. The yellow skin and plump body make a nice eating fowl, and the hens lay brown eggs, and are considered one of the best setters and broody hens. The chicks are a rick dark brown resembling the color of an expensive fur coat.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorBrown
Breed TemperamentSkiddish
Breed Colors/VarietiesRich Brown, greens, Rusts
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC




Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual

Comb: Straight

Broodiness: Slightly

Climate Tolerance: Cold Hardy


General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Excellent

Egg Size: Extra Large

Egg Color: Medium Brown to Pale Brown with Pink Overtones


Breed Temperament:

Gentle, quiet, calm, good foragers


Breed Colors / Varieties:


Golden Penciled




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Primary Image (average Partridge Plymouth Rock)




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