Pros: hardy, good layers, hens friendly
Cons: cocks are aggressive
I have had Barred Rock hens twice in the past and loved them. They're friendly and calm and lay very well. Now, however, I have 15 6-wk old cockerels for meat and they're really aggressive, both with each other as well as with my female and male Dorkings and female Marans (all are 6 wks old). I feel like taking people's wagers, I've got so many cock fights going on! LOL One little guy even has an eye injury from their fights. I had planned on butchering them in August, but it looks as though I may butcher some of them sooner rather than later just to thin them out a little to give my calmer birds a break.