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Barred Rock

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    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

    Breed Details:

    Chicken Breed Photos:

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    Egg (left)




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Recent User Reviews

  1. ChanLillie
    "Friendliest rooster"
    Pros - My barred rock rooster is the friendliest rooster I have! He lets the kids play with him and will follow me around the yard! LOL
  2. PastaChickenBoo
    "Louise the BR"
    Pros - Quiet
    Cons - Scared and a bit stupid (like Ben Franklin called the turkey)
    My pullet Louise is scared of everything and is probably the lowest in the pecking order. She's really quiet and soft-spoken. She isn't old enough to lay eggs but I'm sure she'll be very prolific. Very hardy too.
  3. azurbanclucker
    "Excellent starter birds"
    Pros - Hardy, very productive, friendly, easy to care for, adaptable, protective of your flock, good meat production
    Cons - Can be a bit noisy when preparing to set, but it's not too bad
    We started our chicken adventure with 4 barred rocks about 6 weeks old, some supplies, a store-bought coop, and not a clue on how to raise them. They're very easy to care for and very tolerant of people, pets, and other birds in the flock. We lost 2 to predators, but the other 2 are the matriarchs of our mixed flock and keep the peace. They come when called, like to be held, help keep our insect population down, and give delicious rich brown eggs. We'll always have a couple of these in our flock going forward.
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User Comments

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  1. MichelleT
    We got 5 chicks to add to our flock of 4 the first week of May. We got 2 Easter Eggers, 1 New Hampshire Red, 1 Black Astraulorp and 1 Barred Rock. Our BR, Lilibet, was the "runt" of her group at the feed store and I was a little worried she wouldn't thrive. That is not the case, however. I don't feel like I really "know" our other chicks well enough to rate them yet, but Lilibet is the stand-out. She's always the first to come out of the coop in the morning (beating the big girls on some days), is brave enough to go in for the "treats" and is scooting out the run gate more often than not. She always gets picked up and delivered back to the run, and she clucks and complains, but it can't bother her too much or she'd quit doing it. :) At 12 weeks old she is the friendliest of our chick group and I can't wait to see what kind of hen she'll be!
  2. MeridianChick
    My barred rock Zoe is very sweet and has a nice temperament. Since she was three weeks old, she's been the head of our flock, even though she may be shy at times. :)
  3. featherhead007
    My 2 barred rocks are so very special, I raised them from eggs and they became tame best friends. Always on my lap come treat time. sometimes just to be with me without wanting anything but to be held. Great bird pets!!
  4. JuliaOlivia
    I love our barred rocks. Some are shy some aren't. One of ours is very friendly. If your hens aren't very friendly don't be discouraged! They are much tamer after they lay eggs. They lay nice big brown eggs.
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
    1. MeridianChick
      I've ordered Orpingtons, Barred Rocks and Easter Eggers. Both the Barred Rock and Easter Egger are shy, but my orpington is the sweetest (I have a mixed flock.)
      MeridianChick, Jun 27, 2017
  6. Leah567
    I have 2 barred rocks, They are very sweet and lay lots of beautiful eggs
    1. featherhead007
      How old were they when they started laying eggs??? I think mine are getting close to doing that.
      featherhead007, Jun 14, 2017
    2. MeridianChick
      featherhead007 My barred rock was the first to lay in my flock at about 21 weeks.
      MeridianChick, Jun 27, 2017
    3. Leah567
      Mine started laying at 28 weeks
      Leah567, Jun 27, 2017
  7. mjett5578
    I actually had a huge predator problem, and it unfortunately took all of my BR hens :(
    1. featherhead007
      OMG! that's so very sad, losing my birds would destroy me
      featherhead007, Jun 14, 2017
  8. TheBantyCoop
    Yup, they are fantastic :)
  9. penny1960
    mine are my best also a egg a day from each one
  10. ZachyWachy
    Mine do very fine, they never have trouble with climate, however, l have had 2 out of the 3 die(don't know why). Maybe it was just my fault, or maybe something else? Who knows.

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