Barred Rock

Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
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    Breed Temperament:
    Kind, Skiddish
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black and white stripes
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    Very tame nice breed that gives you big beautiful brown eggs. They aren't that loud and the roosters are mostly not mean.

    Looking for a great dual-purpose bird? Being a quintessential rock-solid American farm breed, the Barred Rock is the best choice for any small or big scale flockster. The first appearances of the Barred Rock were in the 19th century where it was developed by the breeder John C. Bennett using crosses of Dominiques, Black Javas, Cochins, Malays, and Dorkings. This fine fowl became a breed in 1849 and is the origin of all Plymouth Rock breeds. Since then it has been prized for its hardiness, docility, broodiness, friendship, sex-ability at any age, and excellent production of both eggs and meat. The overall appearance of the Barred Rock is a long, broad back, a moderately deep, full breast, and yellow skin and legs. The face of the typical Barred Rock usually is red with red ear lobes, adorn with a bright yellow beak and flashing bay-colored eyes, and topped with a magnificent, moderate sized comb. Much like the Cuckoo Maran, it has sharply defined parallel bars of dark gray and silver (Or for a hen, black and white) which give it the best camouflage of all colors against the eye of the predator. Being amongst the predecessors of the new meat high bird, the Cornish Cross broiler, the Barred Rock is a faster growing bird and the cocks can reach full butcher weight at around 10 pounds in eighteen weeks. A Barred Rock hen weighs around 8 pounds at butcher size, and the adolescents weigh 8 pounds for the cockerel, and 6 pounds for the pullets. Being cold hardy, the hens are able to lay through winter, which adds to the prizing of this true American bird.

    ~Chook Kingdom
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  • Chicken Breed Info:

    Breed Purpose: Dual purpose

    Comb: Single

    Broodiness: Average

    Climate Tolerance: All

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity: High

    Egg Size: Large

    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament: Kind, Calm, Skittish, Sweet, Docile, Over Protective Cocks

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black and White Barring

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    Egg (left)




Recent User Reviews

  1. 2Fast2Curious
    "Friendly breed."
    Pros - * Daily winter layer
    * Shoulder/lap bird
    * Talkative
    * Human-friendly
    Cons - Our barred rock was sickly from the start, and nearly died of an illness in the beginning. She also got egg-bound once.
    We had a barred rock for about two years before a predator got her.

    She was talkative and social with humans, and bonded with a red sex link. She took a few months to warm to us, but when she did, she was the shoulder bird every land-bound pirate didn't know they needed. Bottom of the pecking order.


    We have a mixed cockerel who looks to be part barred rock - we don't know if he'll take a similar path, but he is bottom of the pecking order. Like her, he is LOUD and fairly talkative.

    We've found our barnyard mixes have had far better health than the purebreds and hatchery lines. That said, I'd recommend birds with this heritage if you're looking for a friendly companion who lays through the winter.
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    Purchase Date:
    July 2015
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  2. Ashley McDaniel
    "Beautiful Barred Rock"
    My favorite bird when it come to looks. I have a pair of sister's, they are inseparable! Great layers! #All around great addition for your flock!
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    Purchase Date:
    November 2, 2017
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  3. Taylorbrood
    "Barred Rock"
    I have one she is loud and skittish, but her worst trait is she pulls tail feathers from the others and pecks them till she draws blood. she has been put in isolation so the others can heal. She is smart though loves bird toys and entertains herself quite well. But when she wants something she rings the bell till you come.

    I give her a 4 because of her intelligence, but the pecking and blood drawing is not something I expected of her. It's almost like a game to her, she just runs up grabs the feathers and pulls them out, attacks again to draw blood, not sure what her problem is. she is still young so hope to break her of this issue.
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  1. ScottKelly1974
    I have one rooster and one hen both hatched August 7. My Buff Orpington hens still boss him and the others around.
  2. Nutmeg15
    I originally bought four Barred Rocks from a local breeder, and sadly only one is left as a result of animal attacks and medical issues. My remaining hen, named Twinkle Toes for the one curled toe on each of her feet, is very sweet and does not particularly like being handled but will tolerate it. She, however, is very unreliable about laying, and has not laid in a particularly long time despite still being only around 2 1/2 years old. This was the case for her three sisters, too--they laid, but not often. Not sure if that is the breed or just the particular bunch of chickens, but I adore her all the same.
  3. ChickenLady&aRooster
    I have 3 Barred Rock pullets between 7-8 months, all 3 have very different personalities 1 is just crabby, 1 is very skidish and 1 is much more friendly although none like to be touched. They are great layers though with nice size eggs
  4. featherhead007
    see my picture? i grew up, and lay eggs for my daddy.. he loves me and he even lets me inside the house, I like the worms he feeds me, but the cornbread is awesome. my name given me by daddy, is "The Rock" I love my daddy!
  5. Beans513
    She is always the first to me.
  6. featherhead007
    2 times my hen shown here, laid a beautiful brown egg in my hand. i knew by her squack that she was ready, but yes i know all my ladies quite well.
    the egg never touched the nesting box floor. How is that for fresh!!!!
  7. punatiquemama
    I usually have the americana,,, for their pretty green eggs, but this last season, they were not very productive.... looking for a good layer, don't need meat..... some say this is a "medium' layer (I also have Leghorns which lay a lot!) others say it is a 'good layer"....... I want to cut down on my flock and not have so many birds, so I want a breed that lays almost daily. is this the right one?
    1. featherhead007
      I love my Leghorns too! pure white eggshells awesome yolks.. My birds are brown, and not especially friendly as my Barred Rocks are
      featherhead007, Sep 27, 2017
    2. Josh0625
      I love my barred rocks. I currently have 7 hens 1 rooster, 4 pullets, 1 cockerel, and 4 chicks. I get 6-7 eggs from my hens all year long!!
      Josh0625, Dec 15, 2017 at 8:01 AM
  8. Chickadee55
    I have a Barred Rock rooster and 8 peeps. The peeps are playful and friendly but the rooster on the other hand is aggressive, mean and freaking loud. He doesn't crow, he screams all day long. Hubby hates him.
  9. Bonnie sue
    I like my peepers too there so sweet.
  10. rdcowman
    I LOVE Barred Rocks!:) They are so sweet and loving! i have 4 of them. i definitely recommend them!;)
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    1. featherhead007
      so true, mine like to cuddle with me and coo from their crops , and great eggs . nice hoppy turned profession!
      featherhead007, Sep 7, 2017
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