Have had Barred Rock for only 8 months but I have fallen in love with the breed. Have owned several breeds and the BR is gorgeous,gentle,I BELIEVE one will be a possible brooder(I will know come spring) and I can't say enough about the gorgeous eggs.The oldest BR pullet(,11 mo, has fluffed out beautifully in the last 3 months and rivals my buff orps for fluffy butt(hey-we all have priorities)My cockerel was a mistake(ate the other 3 mistakes) and he also, to date anyhow, is gentle. a few more months will judge for him but so far so good. Love them. Will have pix soon.