Barred Rock

Average User Rating:
  • 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

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    Chicken Breed Photos:

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    Egg (left)




Recent User Reviews

  1. bmanty
    "Great birds"
    Pros - Friendly and outgoing
    Love my barred rock, every time I go in the coop she walks right up to me to see what I am doing. No problem in letting me pick her up and hold her either.
    Bonnie sue likes this.
  2. SFogg
    "All-around great breed, highly recommend"
    Bonnie sue likes this.
  3. Ryn2011
    "Wonderful Chickens"
    Pros - Great Egg Layer
    Winter Hardy
    Great Varying Personalities
    Cons - Can Be Mean To Other Hens
    I have six Barred Rocks in my flock and I love them. They lay big, round gorgeous and delicious brown (varying shades) eggs. They love exploring around the yard and are very sweet to my daughter and myself. Their salt and pepper look is one of my favorites of all breeds. I constantly remark they they look like they are wearing peppered bloomers as they strut around the yard. 20171129_150755.jpg 25994991_10214849174480460_1041846017893363302_n.jpg 26239075_10214982493813360_107551477113715561_n.jpg 26906964_10214988792730829_2428330923084129786_n.jpg 20171118_185803.jpg
    They can have conflicts with the other birds from time to time but all in all are wonderful additions to my flock.
    I would suggest that you keep them away from your smaller varieties as they can be brutes when it comes to the pecking order.
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    Purchase Date:
    November 2nd, 2017/December 17th, 2017
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  1. puckpuck8
    The bared rocks that I got originally for eggs, I never named them because someday you might eat them for stew. Well that changed, when you develop a relationship with an animal it is hard to think about their demise. So I decided to name them and let them live out their lives as retired senior hens after providing eggs, they did their job. If you go hunting for deer you don't develop a relationship, that's short term and a food source. The hens are a decision of whether you use them for eggs or meat purpose, it's a personal choice.
  2. puckpuck8
    Originally had four bared rocks, one a year later one hen had some problems and passed on. I got a young hen to replace her, the older hens would chase the new hen a lot. A neighbor told me when they had a chicken farm, that introducing new hens can be frustrating. What I needed is to get a buddy for the new hen, sure enough it worked. The two young hens got chased around together. Eventually the older hens have left them alone except for the pecking order thing. In town you can't have a rooster, which would come in handy to keep an eye on the local red tail.
      Bonnie sue likes this.
  3. Liz Birdlover
    They haven't met my Rocky Roo! Raised with love from a very young age, I can assure you, he is not so tame, will attack and spur strangers, only tolerates me, and will spur me unless I grab him, scoop him up and carry him around as I try to do one-handed chicken chores as he sometimes pecks or bites at me, usually getting a beak full of my clothing, as I've learned to wear long sleeves/pants around his ornery, feathered butt! When I offer my flock treats, they all peck the treats gently, but he pecks hard, like he is ticked off that my hand is still touching "his" treat. He also has a very loud crow, louder than my other 2 Roo's., which makes him a great "watch bird" keeping us alerted to anyone outside within sight or driving down our lane. People have driven down our road to "find out where that loud rooster lives" and they live over a mile away. LOL He is a gorgeous, handsome Roo, and he takes his job very seriously, always on duty, and despite his grumpiness, I love him. :)

    Sweet Pea is Rocky Roo's girl, she is a nice hen, but not so nice to other hens at times. She is very skittish, even though I gave both her and Rocky lots of attention, pets and hugs when they were young. She lays very beautiful, smooth, large but perfectly shaped, light brown eggs.

    I love my Barred Rocks! They always make me smile. They're super cute when I give them treats or mealworms, making sweet sounds. They are a joy to have.
    1. featherhead007
      I think you have my rooster, little blue my rooster acts the very same way. Thanks for the read
      featherhead007, Feb 8, 2018
  4. ScottKelly1974
    I have one rooster and one hen both hatched August 7. My Buff Orpington hens still boss him and the others around.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. Beans513
    She is always the first to me.
  9. 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!!!!
      Chlady55 likes this.
  10. 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
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    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
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