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Plymouth Rock


Pros: sweet, friendly, mild mannered, laidback

Of all the hens we currently have, our barred plymouth rocks are the sweetest! Both of them will jump onto my lap and sit when I go into the coop. They never bother any of the other chickens, just simply quietly go about their business all day. One of the two we have especially loves for me to pet her and she will go right to sleep. I picked 2 of these for our flock because when I was a little girl I had one and she also was the most friendly of the flock then. She would jump at the gate when I arrived home from school waiting for me to take her on a walk - yes, she would allow me to put a leash on her leg and go for walks every day. : )


Pros: They lay well, the hens are friendly, they make good pets. Also very hardy.

Cons: Roosters are so mean!

Plymouth rocks are good and friendly as long as you only have hens. Roosters are really mean. I would not recommend a Barred rock rooster to anyone but breeders. In all other fields Plymouth rocks are great! 




Pros: curious, intelligent, alert to predators, friendly, fast growing

Cons: can be bullies

Last summer, I purchased two white rock hens and one barred rock rooster as day old chicks. The barred rock roo was the most entertaining chicken I have ever owned! He had an unnatural interest in joining the human "flock" from young on. He often jumped into laps, begged for attention, ate greedily out of the hands of even strangers, and even learned a few tricks! The hens were not  outgoing, but were relatively docile. I have to say that I preferred the company of my barred rock rooster over the white rock hens;-)


My plymouth rocks seemed to be more alert and response to threats of predation. I was very impressed when watching my rooster protect "his" hens... we have a healthy hawk population, and "Dime" was always alert for their presence and quick to respond.


The chicks grow at a remarkable rate. While I cannot speak for their egg laying abilities, I will say that they serve their other purpose very well! We have an urban flock, so unfortunately, my friendly rooster was not allowed to stay once the crowing commenced.




Pros: Hardy, productive, meat & eggs, good balance between self-sufficience and 'pet' qualities

Cons: Can be a little stand-offish, hard to catch.

I have two white Rocks and two partridge Rocks. They're actually quite different, but that may have more to do with breeding than anything else.

The white rocks were the first to lay, at about 20 weeks of age. I get 6 eggs a week per bird and they lay double yolkers quite frequently. Mine are clearly bred for production, not quality. Their combs and feet are a bit mangled looking and they're quite light for their size, but they're very sweet birds and do not mind being handled. I currently have a broody white Rock, my first broody of my flock! Quite the surprise to me. She's been broody for several weeks, and I did not manage to break her, so she has gotten a clutch of eggs to hatch. They're due in about a week and a half. I will update on how well of a mother she is. The white color is definately a con to me, one actually got attacked by a hawk due to it.

The partridge rocks I have are likely closer to standard. They have nice combs and feet and are heavy for their size. They're very good at free-ranging and seem more aware of their surroundings. They're not very personable and are hard to catch, compared to my other birds (Australorp, Jersey giant, RIR). They're rather stubborn, and insist on laying their eggs in the litter in the coop, rather than the egg boxes. The partridge coloration is great for free-ranging, as they blend in with fallen leaf and other yard litter. I find these birds a little more prone to intestinal upset, but other than that they've been very hardy in the Alabama heat.



The broody abandonned her eggs on day 19. I managed to hatch two under a heat lamp. She did not want the chicks, at all.... so I had to raise them. They're doing well and have joined the adults in the coop.

The hawk attacked white rock recovered fully and is laying an egg a day again.

The broody went through an explosive molt, but regrew all her feathers.

Currently one of the partridge rocks is molting. I have noticed that the partridge rocks are the LEAST accepting of the two juveniles I hatched. They're also a bit too heavy for their size and this gives them some issues with bumblefoot. I jokingly call them my turkeys. Very heavy birds... I have actually considered eating them, as they are not the nicest birds.. but they're quite pretty.


Pros: Can be sweet. Good layers. Almost never go broody.

Cons: Little bit flighty, almost never go broody.

Love the breed. They basically never go broody. Which can be good or bad. Great for cold climates.


Pros: Attractive, hardy, inquisitive, good with people. Good layers, overall healthy.

Cons: None

I have had Barred Plymouth Rocks for two years now. We raised them from day old chicks and they have been a delight since. As chicks and pullets they would sit on us (or our cat) all the time. They are very attractive hens. They look beautiful as they walk around our suburban yard, pecking and scratching. Quite often, one or two of them will come and sit with me when I am sitting in the yard reading. When I garden they love to get right in the soil with me to pick out the grubs. During normal conditions we get about 4-5 eggs per week from them, they are very good layers. In two years they have not gone broody yet. They moulted once and it lasted maybe three months. They are overall an excellent breed for a backyard flock. I will always have Plymouth Rocks.


Pros: Good Layers, Nice (most of the time)

Cons: Bitey

My barred rock is a good layer,in the summer she lays about one a day and at least 5-6 a week, sometimes even seven! She is mostly nice but will peck at the others for food.

And she bites me whenever I collect the eggs so I advise you wear gloves (just kidding! But sometimes it hurts) 




Pros: Beautiful, friendly, excellent layers, very cold tolerant, do well confined.

Cons: Some have trouble with very hot weather.

I love my Rocks. They are friendly, intelligent, and they lay so many eggs I almost have trouble keeping up with them all! Very hardy, healthy birds. The hens are also pretty quiet, until they see me coming out to visit (or are laying!). My roo has a beautiful crow, not too loud, just right. Their eggs are medium brown, and the size of each egg is becoming more consistant as they age. They do very well in confinement, but they would rather be roaming. Easy to catch and handle when needed. Great breed for begginers and pros both!


I did lose one hen to the summer heat. Keep an eye on your flock if you live where it gets very hot, as they are a heavy breed. Make sure they have lots of water at all times. It helped me to put a small fan in my coop, I only had it on in the day to circulate the hot, stale air out. But as long as they have water, they should be able to beat the heat, for the most part.


Pros: fluffy, friendly, curious

Cons: can be bullied

In my flock, my two Plymouth Rocks, Waddles and Nugget are awesome. They both are super friendly, meaning they pull at my hair! they love it when I hand feed them. Sadly Nugget is four months old but still the size of like a two and a half month old. To me that's a great thing that makes her cute, but to the other hens and roosters they take advantage of her size and playful and nice nature. She is probably the last chicken in the pecking order (behind one rooster, three hens, and another rooster) who doesn't really have anyone who is nice to her except for sometimes one of the roosters, Scrambles, will be nice. They either ignore her because it's not a challenge or bully her. I always feel bad for her because of that. Besides that, she is a wonderful girl who will jump on my lap. Waddles is very friendly and big, but still get bullied a little bit. She's like the fourth one in the pecking order. Not everyone above her bullies her, probably two of them do though but not very often. She isn't really mean to Nugget, but sometimes is. I overlook the bulling and they are awesome to have in my flock/family!


Pros: Very sweet, great layer, good as a pet

Cons: thinks she's queen of all chickens

I've had my barred rock girl for about a year now. She's the sweetest chicken in all of my tiny flock (4 girls). She'll often come sit next to me when I'm outside and even falls asleep on my lap at times. She's like a feathered cat! She's so docile and loves to be held and pet.

From the day she started laying, I get an egg nearly every day and on certain days, I'll even get two. I've gotten double yolk eggs from her twice. She seems to be head of the flock and will sometimes order the other chickens around. I have a herding dog that will try to keep them all in line though. :) If you're looking for a layer that will double as a feathery friend, I'd definitely recommend one of these gals! She was my first chick purchase and I'm quite pleased with her.



Plymouth Rock

The Plymouth Rock originated in New England in the 19th Century and was first recognized as a breed in the year 1869. They created the first Rock (Barred) by using breeds such as Dominique, Dorkings Cochins, etc. After that other colors and forms of the Plymouth Rock were created. It has been a great bird due to hardiness, egg laying, broodiness, and meat production. The first production meat chicken happened to be the Barred Rock. But now The White Rock is typically the female used to create Cornish X meat chickens.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityHigh
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesWhite, Partridge, Buff, Barred, Blue, Columbian, Silver Penciled, Black. RED
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAmerican
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Light Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Easily handled,Bears confinement well,Docile,Curious

Breed Colors / Varieties:

White, Partridge, Buff, Barred, Blue, Columbian, Silver Penciled, Black.

Breed Details:

I have found that this breed is friendlier than other breeds, mine always come running and they imprinted as chicks. My partridge Rock will even let me pick her up; very docile. More active then breeds such as Leghorns, EE, and RIR. They are a hardy breed that can withstand quite a bit. I have also noticed that they also grow bigger, faster than most breeds do. Also great layers of large brown eggs and will sometimes become broody and be great mothers.




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